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Old 03-21-2009, 12:48 PM   #16
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Your girls are adorable! The first trip is SO exciting! We are taking our 2nd family vacation in a month and can't wait! Joining your PTR! Looking forward to riding along for the planning!
Thank you Missy!! I'll have to check out your PTR!!
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Hi Becky!
Great start! Avery-my DD and Ally have much in common! Avery also starts K in Aug and is reading and writing already as well. She is just stating dance class and getting her first AMG doll for her bday. She is also very schedule oriented and loves going to sunday school! I hope we can meet up sometime when we are there! Her favorite princess is Ariel and thanks to my buddy Leanne will be in a beautiful Ariel dress to have bkfst at CRT. Her personality is more like my hubby-a little more quiet and shy. My little one is the mini me and a firecracker! SHe is the life of the party!
Avery wanted to say hi to Ally "Hi, I'm Avery-I like your Ariel costume, I am a little shy when I meet new people but I will say hi if I see you at Disney world"
Very excited to read more of your plans!
Hi Mary!! Glad you're joining in!! Avery & Ally DO have a lot in common!! I'll have to show Ally pics from your PTR! It would be neat to meet-up. I need to compare our park days (we didn't get Park Hoppers). I saw that Ariel dress in your thread--beautiful--I know she'll love it! Ally is very outgoing/friendly--she'll talk to anyone. I'm not sure who she got that from--both Brent and I were quite shy as children. Thankfully I'm much more outgoing now! Avery is so sweet to say "hi" to Ally. I'll be sure to tell her!!
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:51 PM   #18
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Backing up a bit--Booking our trip!!

Ok--I feel the need to back up a bit--I think it's my OCD coming out and having to have an order to this PTR. So back up to November 2008!! (I found my blog post from November 21, 2008--gotta love blogs!!) I'm just going to copy/paste it here--I talk about my travel agent and I'm not sure if I'm allowed to share that info on this board so I will call her Mrs. K.

Friday, November 21, 2008
We're Going to Disney World!

I booked our trip to Walt Disney World this week! We are going with the girls May 16-23, 2009 to celebrate our 10th Anniversary! We are all VERY excited! I've only been to WDW twice--when I was 3 and for a choir competition when I was a freshman in high school. Brent has been twice as well--but it has been awhile. This will be Ally and Claire's very 1st Disney trip.

I wasn't sure how to go about booking our trip so my friend Terri gave me the name of her Disney travel agent. (Mrs. K) Anyone who is ever thinking they might go to WDW someday needs to write her name and number down! She is absolutely PHENOMENAL (and FREE because she works for Disney)!! She was so helpful and FULL of knowledge. I had already done quite a bit of research (me being the planner that I am) and I was a little concerned about getting reservations for the prime characters meals--especially Cinderella's Royal Table (dining in Cinderella's castle with the princesses). In the "Unoffical Guide to WDW" I read that you must call 180 days out at 7:00 a.m. EST (so that's 6 a.m. our time) and if you're lucky you'll get a reservation. The book had THREE pages with tips/tricks on how to land the reservation--synchronizing your watch with when you call and hoping for the best. Needless to say, I was a little stressed out after reading this. Well Mrs. K was able to get us reservations within minutes of getting off of the phone with me. She will also be reserving the other character meals of our choice as soon as she is able.

We were able to take advantage of a great deal: Buy 4 days/nights at WDW and get 3 days/nights for FREE!! We chose the Polynesian Resort because it has great access to all of the parks AND I've always wanted to visit Hawaii. Ally is super excited about the pool!

My travel agent already sent us a HUGE packet full of great info that I can't wait to look through! I just can't say enough good things about Mrs. K. She is going to help me plan our trip day-by-day using her insider knowledge of what parks to avoid on which days, how to acquire the best seats for a fireworks show, etc. So for the next several months I'm going to be in planning mode (so exciting for someone with a Type A personality like me). We will be counting down the days until May 16th!!


Here is a pic of the packet she sent!!


And what was inside!!


Thanks for letting me backtrack a bit!! ADRs coming up!! I promise!!
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:18 PM   #19
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ADRs!!!!

So my travel agent had told me that it would be around Dec. 20th when she would get to book the rest of my ADRs. But as you know Disney kept pushing back the date and then they made ADRs 90 days out. So it wasn't until February that she was able to book. So here was my blog entry that day--showing ADRs and which parks we'll do each day (since we don't have Park Hoppers). Oh--and we do have the Basic Dining Plan!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009
Disney Dinner Reservations--Booked!!

It is 90 days before our trip to Disney World which means today is the day we book our dining reservations for our character meals! And since we have such a fabulous travel agent, I didn't have to do a thing!! She was up bright and early this morning booking our reservations for us!! Here is what we have!! I'm getting sooooo excited about our trip!!!

5/17: Hollywood Studios
Play N' Dine at Hollywood & Vine
Playhouse Disney Character lunch
12:00pm

5/18: Magic Kingdom
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Castle Location
Crown Package
8:00am
*Since this is before the park opens, you will need your confirmation number for addmittance to the park. It's a great photo op, Main St. and the castle with nobody else in your photos!

Breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table
10:05am

5/19: Animal Kingdom
Dinner at 'Ohana
Polynesian Resort
5:05pm

5/20: Epcot
Princess Storybook Breakfast
Norway Pavilion in The World Showcase
8:00am
*Since this is before park opening, you will need your confirmation number to enter the park. There is a ticket turnstile marked "Princess Breakfast" off to the left of the entrance

5/21: Magic Kingdom
Breakfast at Chef Mickey's
Contemporary Resort
7:45am
*You can take the monorail over, then the Contemporary is a short walk from the Magic Kingdom. I didn't want you guys to miss the really neat Opening Ceremony at 9am

5/22: Magic Kingdom
Dinner with Pooh and Friends
Crystal Palace
6:30pm

We don't have any ADRs booked for the day we arrive (Sat, May 16th) or the day we depart (Sat, May 23rd). However, one of those days we get to go to a park--any suggestions? Which day and which park? May 16th we will arrive at MCO at 11:38 a.m. and will depart on May 23rd at 4:50 p.m. (I booked the earliest flight coming and the latest flight going in order to maximize our time at WDW!!)
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Your ADR's look great! I love the planning but I agree it is stressful at times. I don't think we have any of the same park days. On the 21st though we are going to MK to watch Spectromagic and Wishes. The morning well be in AK. Are you flying in the from Memphis? I would go to a park on arrival day probably since you'll have more time then on departure day. Also I like having a character meal (breakfast or Lunch) on our departure day. You could always go 1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian for breakfast( Mary Poppins, Alice, Pooh, Tigger, Mad Hatter) or have a nice breakfast with the characters at 'Ohana. You wouldn't have to have and early morning reservation if your not going to a park. It depends what will work better for your family. If you add another park to your Itinerary maybe Epcot or HS since you only have 1 day at each of those. But Ally might be looking forward to MK.
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Great ADR's we have many of the same!! We are doing Crystal Palace Mon, CRT Wed for bkfst and Chef M's fri for dinner. Looks like the only day that overlaps is MK on Mon. We do have hoppers so we plan to move around a lot. I am jealous of your 8a times, earliest I could get was 905a.
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Your ADR's look great! I love the planning but I agree it is stressful at times. I don't think we have any of the same park days. On the 21st though we are going to MK to watch Spectromagic and Wishes. The morning well be in AK. Are you flying in the from Memphis? I would go to a park on arrival day probably since you'll have more time then on departure day. Also I like having a character meal (breakfast or Lunch) on our departure day. You could always go 1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian for breakfast( Mary Poppins, Alice, Pooh, Tigger, Mad Hatter) or have a nice breakfast with the characters at 'Ohana. You wouldn't have to have and early morning reservation if your not going to a park. It depends what will work better for your family. If you add another park to your Itinerary maybe Epcot or HS since you only have 1 day at each of those. But Ally might be looking forward to MK.
Thanks!! Yes, we're flying in from Memphis. Thanks for your suggestions!! I was thinking maybe Epcot the first day--I love the World Showcase and Brent loves pretty much everything else! None of our parks are the same?! That's too bad!
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Great ADR's we have many of the same!! We are doing Crystal Palace Mon, CRT Wed for bkfst and Chef M's fri for dinner. Looks like the only day that overlaps is MK on Mon. We do have hoppers so we plan to move around a lot. I am jealous of your 8a times, earliest I could get was 905a.
Maybe we'll run into you on Monday! I can't take credit for the 8:00 a.m. times--my travel agent did everything for me!!
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Hello, coming to join in on your fun. Your girls are adorable. Maybe we'll run inot eachother somewhere with our overlaping dates
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Welcome!! Thanks you so much!!
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I'll join...saw you on Jensi's page. Beautiful family!
Hi and welcome!! Glad you're joining in!!
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Becky, you have some great ADRs! The only one I can't comment on is Hollywood & Vine - we have had dinner there once and it was like 7 years ago!

If it were me, I would probably get settled in on that first day, unpack, check out the Poly, just enjoy the resort, the pool, maybe a ride on the monorail and a resort dinner (Kona is delicious)! Then call it an early night. I wouldn't want to overdo on your arrival day by going to a park. Energy levels are high that first day and we can tend to forget that the trip is a marathon, not a sprint! Plus, the Poly is so beautiful - it's such a great place to just "be". Plus you could finish the day with Wishes on the beach or from your room if you have a view!

The last day you coud let the girls pick which park they want to go back to - you will have been to all of them, and will have a better idea of what you may have missed. If you go early, you would still have 3 or 4 hours to hit your faves before going home. JMO!

Your girls are great ages for Disney! I don't know why some people think little ones like the age of your youngest wouldn't get much out of Disney! That's crazy-talk!! It's a wonderful place for ones that age!

Can't wait to hear more about your plans!

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Becky, you have some great ADRs! The only one I can't comment on is Hollywood & Vine - we have had dinner there once and it was like 7 years ago!

If it were me, I would probably get settled in on that first day, unpack, check out the Poly, just enjoy the resort, the pool, maybe a ride on the monorail and a resort dinner (Kona is delicious)! Then call it an early night. I wouldn't want to overdo on your arrival day by going to a park. Energy levels are high that first day and we can tend to forget that the trip is a marathon, not a sprint! Plus, the Poly is so beautiful - it's such a great place to just "be". Plus you could finish the day with Wishes on the beach or from your room if you have a view!

The last day you coud let the girls pick which park they want to go back to - you will have been to all of them, and will have a better idea of what you may have missed. If you go early, you would still have 3 or 4 hours to hit your faves before going home. JMO!

Your girls are great ages for Disney! I don't know why some people think little ones like the age of your youngest wouldn't get much out of Disney! That's crazy-talk!! It's a wonderful place for ones that age!

Can't wait to hear more about your plans!

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Thanks Sara!! My friend that just got back from WDW on Friday said the same thing--to just enjoy that first day. Decisions, decisions!! If we have a 4:50 p.m. flight--what time would we have to catch the ME back to the airport? Glad you are joining in on my PTR!!
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I just read back over some of your stuff....let them know at the Poly you're celebrating your anniversary. We were wearing our buttons at check in and the lady at the front desk gave us real floral leis AND they upgraded us from a standard room to a Magic Kingdom view 3rd floor w/ balcony!!!! I was like WHOA! This is awesome. We had so much fun. I did a TR on that one...it was in Sept of '09 if ya wanna check it out. Speaking of...I need to get back to uploading the pictures from my March trip.

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