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Old 06-04-2009, 08:55 PM   #16
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Your plans sound wonderful so far I like the whole "suprising the kids" idea. I hope to do that next time we go. Though I do get as excited as them, I don't know if I could keep my mouth shut
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Since we are driving from Michigan we had originally planned on leaving early Saturday, staying overnight somewhere on the way down and then arriving at Disney sometime Sunday afternoon.
Wow, driving from Michigan... You're a lot braver than I am! I was terrified of flying as a teen/young adult, but I got over it in record time when the choices were that or driving from Detroit to Disney.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:44 PM   #18
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Hi Kadee, I'm here too! I think your plans sound great, and I am SOOOO jealous of you guys staying at AKL. If we could afford it, that is definitely where I would have wanted to stay-we're big animal people too. And yum, having Boma right down the hall-breakfast there is my back-up if Tusker House is full on our AK day. Can't wait to read more about your plans!
DH picked out AKL because at this point "we" (more him than me) are thinking this will be our only trip to Disney so we are doing it up right. Little does he know I am already looking into a June trip for Star Wars weekend next year or the year after.

I saw some pics of the Boma breakfast and knew we had to try it. It just looks so good. The food thread has really helped me make decisions about where I want to go. So much looks good though that it will take numerous trips to get through it all.
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Your plans sound wonderful so far I like the whole "suprising the kids" idea. I hope to do that next time we go. Though I do get as excited as them, I don't know if I could keep my mouth shut
and for getting me to the second page!!

I really want to surprise the kids for some reason. I think that when I was planning before I just saw so many cute surprise reveals that I knew I had to do it once. So when we started planning for this trip, I knew it would be hard to tell them and then have a possibility that we wouldn't be able to go so I just decided not to tell them. It has been really hard for me to keep it a secret though. I want to talk about it all the time.
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Wow, driving from Michigan... You're a lot braver than I am! I was terrified of flying as a teen/young adult, but I got over it in record time when the choices were that or driving from Detroit to Disney.
Don't think I haven't looked into plane tix. Maybe when the kids get older and I wouldn't have to carry car seats and strollers and stuff on the plane we might go that way but we just have too much stuff and this way we have our own car if we need it.
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I have less than a week left to get everything in order!! My ADR day is a week from today and I am second guessing everything. TGM has his least crowded park recommendations out and most of my days are ok but I think I need to rearrange the last few days. Although I am thinking I just might brave the crowds on our last day because I just really want that to be an MK day for one last look at the castle and a ride for each kid before we have to leave to come home.

Ugggghhhhh so stressful. And I haven't even thought about which rides we should or shouldn't do yet.
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Hey there! Put me down as another reader.

My family will be at the AKL same time as you! (Sep 17-26th)

Looking at our schedule (depending on your changes) we may be at the same place a few times.

Thursday we'll be at Magic Kingdom and Friday we will be doing the Hollywood & Vine character breakfast.....this Friday is when we get to call in and try to get our ADR's.


Look forward to following along as we countdown.....yay for double digits.
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Old 06-20-2009, 07:46 PM   #23
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crocko!!!! We are really excited about AKL. If you see a family a five and the youngest is a wild redhead, say hi!!



So just a few days left before I make ADR's. Then pay the trip off and not much left to plan until its time to go. We have exactly 3 months left and we will be at Disney!!! If I could just figure out my days and my ADR's I would be good to go.
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ADR DAY!!!!

I have been up since 4 going over everything. I thought I might try the online system but realized I can't because I booked through a TA. I should've just had her make my ADR's but since I still wasn't sure exactly what I wanted, it was kind of hard to get her my information ahead of time. That's what I get for being a procrastinator.

A few things have been changed around. I am still not sure on a few days but those days we are eating at resorts so it won't make a difference which park we go to.

So these are what I am hoping for.

9/20 Chef Mickey's 7:00 (dinner)
9/21 Garden Grill 6:30 (dinner)
9/22 Hollywood and Vine 8:00 (breakfast)
9/23 Boma 9:00 (breakfast)
9/24 'Ohana 7:00 (dinner)
9/25 Crystal Palace 8:00 (breakfast)

I will post after I make the call with the times I actually got. I hope they aren't too far off what I want.
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Got right through at 7 but didn't do so hot with the reservations. I was on the phone about 25 minutes total.

9/20 Chef Mickey's 7:00 (dinner) 'Ohana 8:10 p.m.
9/21 Garden Grill 6:30 (dinner) 4:25 p.m.
9/22 Hollywood and Vine 8:00 (breakfast) 8:20 a.m.
9/23 Boma 9:00 (breakfast) 9:50 a.m.
9/24 'Ohana 7:00 (dinner) Chef Mickeys 7:00 p.m.
9/25 Crystal Palace 8:00 (breakfast) 8:50 a.m.

The H&V will be ok and I guess CP will still work. I just wanted to get in before RP for pics. I had to switch CM and 'Ohana because nothing was open for CM except 1:45. Luckily it was open on the 24th which worked perfectly. I am not too bummed about what I got. The guy (I think Ansel?) was awesome and we talked a lot. He knew that I had done my homework on this trip. I am hopping over the the ADR Wanted/Trade/Exchange/Cancelled thread now to see if anyone has anything better.
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How did I know that as soon as I was off the phone and could finally go back to bed that the youngest would wake up??
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Thank you Thank you Thank you for moving me back!!!!!!


(I got moved to the completed section and couldn't post anymore. )


So we leave in 13 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am completely clueless as far as what's supposed to be done. I starting digging the kids disney shirts out of their closets and setting those aside for packing. I need to go buy a new luggage set. Ours just isn't big enough for the 5 of us anymore. I printed out the ultimate packing list that I got off here a while ago. I am headed to Target later today to start picking up some of the littler stuff. I know I can do an online check-in but not sure how. Need to figure that out. We have no game plan. I just know what days we will be at which park. I think we might just wing most of it this time because I really am clueless. I don't think we will be doing many of the bigger rides so dealing with FP's won't be a huge issue. At least not the first few days. By mid-week that could change.

Our dd did figure out that we were going but has actually been helpful with some stuff. I'm ok with her knowing. She is really excited but I'm not sure if it's being at Disney or because she gets to miss a week of school. She has moved on from HSM and onto Twilight but I think she will survive.

Off to clean up around the house so I can head to Target. Shopping time!!!
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Got new luggage today!! A 7 piece set at that!! Even better was that it was under $100!!!

I also picked up throwaway sippy cups (just in case we lose one its not a big deal), a dishwand that holds dishsoap so I can wash cups if I need to, purell, travel sizes of so much stuff, granola bars for the kids, wet wipes, bug spray, bandaids, neosporin, coloring books, playing cards, and a shoe organizer for the bathroom stuff.

I am so excited to get packing. I can't wait until the kids go to bed so I can get started.
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SINGLE DIGIT DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!

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9 days from today my family will be at Disney for the first time!!!!!!

I rolled all of our change that I have been collecting for the trip. I think it came to around $90 and that does not include the $50 I took out for the penny press machines. Got tons of pennies out and cleaned and looking nice. I have stuff for the kids to do in the car. I filled out the paperwork for them to miss school. I won't be able to really pack suitcases until the last day because some of the clothes I want, the kids need for school.

I am getting excited but I also think I am getting sick. I can feel a sore throat kicking in. Yuck.
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My wife's battling a bad headache...hoping everyone can get through their ailments before travel begins.

Good luck feeling better! and yay for only 6 more days for you!!
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