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Old 06-28-2009, 05:35 PM   #76
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Hello...
I just finished reading your whole thread!!! I LOVED it! I love your countdown calendar! I've been trying to come up with an idea for a countdown calendar for me and my DD. I'm going the exact same time you are. We are going the 16-24 of October!! It's me, my DD (8) and I know this is super strange but also my ex-hubby! He's my DD's dad and he and I are actually pretty good friends. Anyway, enough about me..... It's going to be fun to read all your planning and activites, since I will be there the same time you are!! By the way.....I love your dinner parties.....keep them coming!!! I love all the activies you do for them!!! Super cute idea!!
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Old 07-01-2009, 09:41 AM   #77
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Park hours are out!

First off, hi, Jaydoe! Welcome to my PTR! That is so exciting that you're going the same time we are! I love having a plannig buddy!

Now, readers and lurkers alike, HELP ME!

Do PM EMH really bring that much more park traffic in, and about what time does it start to get busier?

Here is my tentative plan:

F 16th: (Arrival Day) Grocery shop, settle in, get to Epcot for Illuminations & Food & Wine Festival
Sa 17th: MK (hours 9a-11p), bfast at CRT?
Su 18th: DHS (hours 9a-7p), MNSSHP (I figure this will be our least favorite park, so I don't mind leaving it early)
M 19th: Epcot WS (11a-9p) After going to MNSSHP the night before, I thought we might enjoy a lazy morning.
Tu 20th: AK (hours 9a-5p), late dinner for DH & I at Cali Grill?
W 21st: Epcot Future World (hours 9a-7p, PM EMH)
Th 22nd: DS's birthday--MK (hours 9a-7p), and yes, it is AM EMH, which suuucks, but at least it will be our 2nd day at MK, and it is his birthday, after all. Dinner at Chef Mickey's. DTD in the evening for birthday shopping.

Of course, the ADR's have not been made yet, hence all of my restaurant choices are ?'s, with the exception of Chef Mickey's, which is non-negotiable. My boy wants to eat with Mickey on his birthday, and he will!

As a reminder, we are off-site, non-park hoppers.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:26 PM   #78
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Your plan looks good. Try not to worry too much about the EMH...at least you will be hitting those parks with EMH during the middle of the week verses the weekend. And hopefully it won't be too busy while we are there!!!

So what is your plan for the ADR's?? Are you going to be calling or doing it on-line?? I'm totally new to this whole ADR thing and I've got to say.....I'm more than a little intimidated!!! This is only my third WDW trip. I live closer to the west coast....so I'm a little more familiar with Disneyland and getting ADR's there is nothing!!
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:31 PM   #79
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I'm going to try the online reservation system. I can make my first one a week from today! Of all the planning I have done, this is what I am the most stressed about!

I have a back-up plan in place in case we can't get CRT, and I have a few alternates in mind in case we can't get into Cali Grill, but I have NOTHING in mind in case we can't do Chef Mickey's! I guess we could do Crystal Palace, but Q is much more a Mickey kind of boy than a Pooh kind of boy.

I thought about doing Mickey's Backyard Bar-b-que, but it starts so late that we wouldn't get our shopping in at DTD. We can't stay out late that night because we have to be at the airport at an ungodly time the next day.
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:57 PM   #80
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I got all the ADR's I wanted!!

Well all that nervousness and intimidation for nothing!! I got on at 4am my time and booked all my ADR's on-line. We are staying at POP so I was able to do the 90+10. We were even able to book CRT breakfast on the 20th!!

I know you'll be getting on tomorrow to book.....so best of luck to you! I hope you get all the ones you want!!

By the way.......have you done anymore of those amazing Disney Movie Parties?? I loved all your creative ideas.

Anyway....good luck getting those ADR's
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:18 AM   #81
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I got my CRT ADR this morning! I did not sleep much at all last night. I had my cell phone alarm on, and put it beside my pillow. I forgot to turn all my other notifications off, so I got startled awake at 3am by someone posting on my facebook page (I have a Blackberry). I made it back to sleep until about 5:30, when I woke up from a dream about oversleeping. I just got up then. I hit the reservations button right at 6:01 a.m. Then I went back to sleep! I get to do it all again on Wednesday (for our anniversary dinner), and on Friday (for Chef Mickey's). I will be so happy when it is done!!

As for parties, we did a Little Mermaid party a couple of weeks ago, a Lion King party last week (I took NO pics! ), and today we are doing Jungle Book. I need to make a list and go get my stuff for that.
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:30 PM   #82
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That sounds like me!!! I was up at 3:45am! And I didn't really get a good night sleep. I kept going over and over in my head all the different ADR's I had to book. Then.....I thought to myself "Are these the right days??? Should I switch some of my days?? Should I try to just get some sleep???" Yeah....that's pretty much how my night went! THEN....once I woke up and got all my ADR's I was soooo excited, I couldn't go back to sleep! Needless to say, I was pretty exhausted yesterday !!!

But CONGRAT'S on getting CRT!!!!! Good luck to you getting the rest of you ADR's.

And have fun with the Jungle Book Party!!!
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:15 PM   #83
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More movie theme nights

I need to catch up here....

A couple of weeks ago my friend was sick, but my kids were looking forward to a movie night, so I just so happened to have the materials to throw together an impromptu Little Mermaid movie party. We didn't do a craft, but it was still all good.

Table decs:


I printed the photos from the Scrapbooking board. The credit for these go to susan0326.

Our menu was Ursula dogs (hot dogs cut into an octopus shape), shell-shaped Mac 'n Cheese, blue Gatorade, and blue Jello with Swedish fish "floating" in it.




The happy mermaid eating her chocolate chip cookies Dad made:


Last week my friend hosted a Lion King party. I didn't take pictures. What kind of scrapbooker am I? The menu was "Pumba Pizza" (delivery pizza with ham on it) and grapes. They made a foam monkey mosaic. It turned out cute, but it was tedious! There were hundreds of little foam squares with adhesive on the back, and you had to adhere them onto a half-sphere monkey head in a pattern. They also made jungle-themed necklaces.

Tonight we hosted a Jungle Book themed party. I did last minute prep on this. Not my best planning work. I couldn't find any table decs that were jungle-themed at The Dollar Tree or Target. We made do.

Here are Q and C getting ready to eat. I got the jungle animals from The Dollar Tree:


For a craft they made these foam jungle animal puppets:


Our dinner menu was Mowgli's Mango Chicken, Bagheera's Basmati Rice, Baloo's fruit salad, and for dessert was Monkey bread.




Whew! All caught up now. I'll be out of town next weekend, and my friend will be out of town the 2 weekends after that. While she is gone I will probably do Star Wars, since I don't think her girls would be interested in that.

As of today, we are 89 days away!
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I think you did awesome for last minute planning! Glad to hear you got the ADR's that you wanted!
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:31 PM   #85
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Yay.....a movie night update!! I love those! Cute ideas! I love that you did the seashell pasta for mac and cheese on The Little Mermaid Movie Night! Nice touch!!
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All ADR's made!

They're done!

Here is what I have:

10/17 CRT 8:25 a.m.
10/20 Cali Grill 7:15 p.m. This is MNSSHP night, so no Wishes.
10/22 Chef Mickey's 5:10 p.m.

All in all, I got every restaurant I wanted, within 25 minutes of the time I wanted it. It was pretty easy-peasy, though I did get up super early to make the CRT and Chef Mickey's ressies.

I added our anniversary celebration to the Cali Grill ressie, and Q's bday celebration to the Chef Mickey's ressie. I would like to order a Mickey head cake for his bday, but I don't think I have to call about that just yet. I need to go back and read the Cake Chatter thread info.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:28 AM   #87
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Yay!!!!!!!!

:wo ohoo:

Congrats!!! I'm glad you got everything you wanted. Especially for your anniversary dinner and the Birthday celebration!!!

Now......if only October 16th would just GET here already!!
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I'm in! Thanks for following me over from CafeMom!
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Hey I just noticed that we'll be there at the same time!! We're going with DH's Aunt and Uncle and another family October 18th-23rd at AKV. Those lovely DVC members are letting us sleep on the pull-out couch.

I need to start a PTR...
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Thanks for following me over!

I don't have much to update. We've taken a break from movie nights with my friend being out of town, and birthday weekends and such.

I did finish my Halloween costume! I am just being extremely lazy in uploading my pics!
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