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Old 07-01-2009, 10:43 PM   #76
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We did H&V for lunch and we really enjoyed it! There is a lot of variety of foods on the buffet. My girls LOVE LE and Ally used to watch JoJo (not sure why it's not on much anymore). Ally enjoyed the interactive singing and dancing throughout the meal.
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We did H&V for lunch and we really enjoyed it! There is a lot of variety of foods on the buffet. My girls LOVE LE and Ally used to watch JoJo (not sure why it's not on much anymore). Ally enjoyed the interactive singing and dancing throughout the meal.
Thanks for the feedback! I actually saw your lunch there on your TR, so I knew you'd been there and had fun (LOVING your TR, btw. You guys look like you had such a magical trip!) We are truly not picky people, and it seems like it would be hard to mess up breakfast food, so I can't imagine how it could be so bad. But when you read so many bad reviews, it makes you nervous! And since I would orchestrating this switch (and really picked every other restaurant too), I will feel terrible if we all leave there hungry and cranky!

But geesh, the timing works out so well, and my kids love seeing any big characters, so I think they'd like it. Still working this one out...
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Great News!!!

I know I haven't updated anything in a long while. Part of that was due to how busy things have been...Chad was out of town for 5 days, and then when he came back we had Cooper's 2nd birthday party and were doing all the prep work for that. I'm going to try to post a few pictures later from that. I can't believe my baby is 2!

We also just haven't had much going on, Disney wise. We've kind of hit a quiet patch with no new plans or problems, so things have been slow. Until this weekend, when a great thing happened...Delta totally messed with our flights!!!

Why is this great, you're asking? Well, they've been messing with them by minutes here and minutes there for 3 months. We've gone from one hour and ten minute layovers to 41 minute layovers, which made me nervous with 6 people, two of whom will be tired, cranky preschoolers. And then finally on Friday, they sent me notice that our flights to Orlando had changed from a 9 am departure to a 7 am, and instead of a 41 minute layover, we now had a three hour layover. I called and kept explaining how this wouldn't work for us, how none of the options would, and asked for a refund. And they did it!! I was so shocked and happy!

So I turned around and booked on Airtran, and got NON-STOP flights, and, wait for it...they're cheaper! We still leave at 7 am (which would have been our new time on Delta), but now we get in at 9:17 am instead of 1:11 pm! I am SO excited. Even coming back we get to leave Orlando an hour later, and get into Indy almost 2 hours earlier! Yay for direct flights!

So now I'm hoping and praying our rooms will be ready early. I'd love to get in, swim, all take a rest, and then head to the park late afternoon. We've been planning to stay through Spectro at 9 pm, but leave before Wishes. If the rooms aren't ready, then I think we'll drop our stuff, head to the park for a few hours, come back and rest, and head back in time for our 6:30 dinner at Crystal Palace. Does this sound do-able?

Oh, and...less than 50 days to go!
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YAY for cheaper flights and more Disney time!! That's wonderful! And Happy 2nd Birthday to Cooper!! Glad things are going well!!
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Final Payment Made!

Big news here....our final payment has been made!!!!!!!! And I think that deserves a !

Just 45 days to go. Time to get serious about park planning, and I am still trying to make shirts for the boys. Man, that Creative DISigns board is overwhelming!

And in case anyone is wondering, we did NOT get an upgrade to SSR or OKW, unlike every other person staying at a Value during free dining. But that's okay, we are still going to have a blast!

Woo Hoo...45 days to go!
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Big news here....our final payment has been made!!!!!!!! And I think that deserves a !

Just 45 days to go. Time to get serious about park planning, and I am still trying to make shirts for the boys. Man, that Creative DISigns board is overwhelming!

And in case anyone is wondering, we did NOT get an upgrade to SSR or OKW, unlike every other person staying at a Value during free dining. But that's okay, we are still going to have a blast!

Woo Hoo...45 days to go!
YAY for final payment!!

Yes, there is soooo much to look at on the Creative DIS board!! Sooo many talented DISers!! I'm sorry you didn't get the upgrade. That stinks!
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I'm so glad you put your PTR in your siggy! With 2 little ones (boys at that) we need all the support we can get LOL!

Delta messed with our flights as well but after explaining that the changes weren't going to work for us they changed some stuff and it's going to be much better now (more time at Disney!!!)

Have you picked your t-shirt design yet? I'm addicted to Donatalie stuff on the DISigns boards! Think we'll do a little einsteins and a Jedi shirt. Are you doing some for yourself and DH or just the kids?
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just signing on now. better late than never. I am fairly new to the dis boards and I am thinking about starting a PTR soon. I am trying to get 10 posts so I can finally post pictures with my reports. I was so excited to read your PTR. I too have a 4 year old son (turning 5 11/9) and a 2 year old son who will be 29 months when we go to disney. Our dates are 9/20-9/26. I was wondering with your airtran tickets did you get to pick your seats ahead of time? We booked through AAA and my TA told me that I can't go on ahead and even pay to pick my seats because we booked through disney as a package. I have no idea what she is talking about but she tells me that worse case scenario is that my DH sits with one child and I sit with another even if we are seperated. This just stresses me out not knowing what to expect. This is the first flight for both of my boys.
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Oh, yay, new readers! Becky, I was worried you were hanging in there all by your lonesome! Now that I know a few people are reading I'll be sure to get serious again. Plus, with only 36 days to go (yes, 5 weeks from now, I will be running around with a chicken with my head cut off, desperately trying to figure out what I'm forgetting to pack!), lots of exciting things should be happening, like Mickey Mail, crafty things I'm trying to get made, etc.

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I'm so glad you put your PTR in your siggy! With 2 little ones (boys at that) we need all the support we can get LOL!

Delta messed with our flights as well but after explaining that the changes weren't going to work for us they changed some stuff and it's going to be much better now (more time at Disney!!!)

Have you picked your t-shirt design yet? I'm addicted to Donatalie stuff on the DISigns boards! Think we'll do a little einsteins and a Jedi shirt. Are you doing some for yourself and DH or just the kids?
WELCOME! I'm enjoying your PTR a lot, and yes, we mommies of boys definitely need all the support we can get! I was SOOO happy that Delta messed us up so badly. Changing to Airtran has been awesome-saving a few $$$, and getting there 4 hours earlier after a non-stop flight will be so great. Airtran moved up our return flight by half an hour the other day. We leave at 12:14 now instead of 12:45. I know I could call and they would move us to a different flight, and there is another non-stop leaving at 6 pm and arriving in Indy at 8:14. It's SO tempting-that gives us a whole extra day at Disney. But I want to send the boys to preschool the next day (mama's got to unpack and do laundry, plus they're missing a few days already) and Chad will work the next day, and I don't want to get home late. So I think we're doing the responsible thing and leaving early. But man, do I want to switch!

I do have most of our disigns picked out. I'm doing a shirt each day for the boys (or so I say now, we'll see once I get started ironing! ). I've got a "My 1st Disney Vacation," an AK one, a Hawaiian Mickey head with Stitch for our Ohana breakfast day, a T-Rex one for that day, a Playhouse Disney one someone made for me, one with their name made from Disney characters, and then I am making 1 set of shirts for all 6 of us for one day. I thought we'd get some super cute pics of us and the grandmas in them at MK. I bought a bunch of shirts, but they're too big for Cooper. Did you have any luck finding shirts for your little guy?

My next big thing is doing a Disney family night-you have totally inspired me!

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just signing on now. better late than never. I am fairly new to the dis boards and I am thinking about starting a PTR soon. I am trying to get 10 posts so I can finally post pictures with my reports. I was so excited to read your PTR. I too have a 4 year old son (turning 5 11/9) and a 2 year old son who will be 29 months when we go to disney. Our dates are 9/20-9/26. I was wondering with your airtran tickets did you get to pick your seats ahead of time? We booked through AAA and my TA told me that I can't go on ahead and even pay to pick my seats because we booked through disney as a package. I have no idea what she is talking about but she tells me that worse case scenario is that my DH sits with one child and I sit with another even if we are seperated. This just stresses me out not knowing what to expect. This is the first flight for both of my boys.
WELCOME! Wow, our boys are so close in age! Griffin will be 5 on 11/19! We did pick our Airtran seats ahead of time, but we didn't go through Disney. We went through kayak.com, which is an airfare search engine. It normally costs $6 each way to pick, but if you go through kayak, the way it routes you lets you pick for free! I learned that from the disboards, of course! I know you can pick for free 24 hours in advance on airtran's website. I also think that right now they are giving away $25 coupons, and some people are using them to pay for their seat selections. I don't know much about that, but if you go to this thread http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2224613, you might be able to ask for some help. Everyone on there is very willing to help and answer questions!

Becky-question for you...did you make Ally's passport, or buy one? I'm wanting to make one from all the cute pages people designed, but I'm not sure what to put them in to make it sturdy!
OK, I promise more soon! And if I ever get the shirts made, I will of course post pictures
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AK Park Plans!

Alright, so it's been weeks, and I know all one or two of you have been DYING with anticipation, waiting for the plans for the other 3 parks. Well, I give you...Animal Kingdom!

Must do:
*Festival of the Lion King
*Safari
*Expedition Everest (for Chad and I)
*Flights of Wonder
*Kali River Rapids (not Cooper)
*Boneyard
*Dinosaur (Griffin really wants to do this one...I'm a little nervous, but he watched it on youtube and didn't seem worried, Chad thinks he'll do fine...)
Triceratops Spin

If time:
The two trails (definitely one of them, maybe both)
Finding Nemo (not thinking this is going to happen, and I'm fine with that)
Rafiki's Planet Watch

Definite No:
It's Tough to Be a Bug (I know both kids would be way freaked out!)

Ridemax thinks we can get all of our must dos done, as well as some time on the trails. Hopefully the boys can play in the Boneyard with the grandmas while Chad and I ride EE. We have an 8 am ADR at Tusker House, so I'm excited to get there early and really have the whole day to play. Still undecided on where to eat lunch. I hate BBQ, though others in the group like it. I was thinking Pizzafari maybe, but would love suggestions if someone has a place they love.

Up Next...Epcot (AKA, wow what a mess!)
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Practice Run at the State Fair Yesterday!

Well, I may be talking to myself after all, but doggone it, I've come this far, might as well keep chatting. At least I know I'll like the responses!

I woke up yesterday morning and realized that one month from then we will be going to Disney! I will also be celebrating my birthday! Although I'll be turning 32 , so maybe we'll just focus on the Disney part...

So, what better way to celebrate hitting the one month mark than by doing our WDW "trial run." I read somewhere to do a long day trip before you hit Disney and see how it goes, as a way to prepare. What makes the kids cranky? What did you forget to bring? How are the strollers working for us?Etc., etc...

Yesterday was the first day of the Indiana State Fair. We go every year (a great thing about living in the city it's in!) and spend all day, so we thought that would work for our test. We went with my parents, so even though Grandma Sue wasn't along like she will be for WDW, my dad filled in as the 2nd grandparent-in other words, we still had a nice 4:2 adult to kid ratio!

We left the house around 9:45 (note, this was 45 minutes later than we planned, so I know to allow more time at WDW than I was thinking!). By the time we parked and got into the fair, it was 11 am. Right away I realized I forgot my camera! (note, I do NOT want to do this at Disney!). We had a great, long day. We left there around 7:30 last night, so it was a full day.

In case anyone else is reading and preparing for their first trip with small kids, here is what I learned from our trial run:

-I am bringing the world's largest bag of dum dums. Seriously.

-My kids got super cranky when they were hungry, which I wasn't expecting since they eat very little (even less than average kids). I am bringing lots of semi-healthy snacks, like crackers, raisins, grapes/bananas if possible.

-Cooper did not conk out and sleep in his stroller. I was shocked. I really thought he would, since he is a stellar napper at home. But he just kept going, and he never really got cranky, which was a nice surprise. I do realize that after a couple days of that he would probably conk out, but it still surprised me.

-We definitely need a leash for Cooper. He hates sitting in the stroller (ironically, Griffin loves it still!), so he wants to walk. This stinks because he's slow and reckless. I wish we'd brought that to try, but I don't have one yet.

-I realized that we are going to need to take a break most days. Seven days, spending all day each day at the parks is a lot of time. I need to keep reminding myself that. We will be tired, hot, and the kids need some downtime to just run and play with no agenda. I sometimes worry that there is no way we'll do "enough" (whatever that is), if we take breaks. But I am starting a mantra for myself to repeat when I think like that, "It's better to do a little with smiles on our faces, than a lot while we're miserable." Feel free to borrow it!

-Chad and I got very snippy with each other when we didn't have a plan. I hate not knowing what we're doing next, and he likes to go with the flow. Once we knew what we were doing, we got along great. This makes me happy we're doing Ridemax!

-But, on the flip side, the most fun we had all day was totally unplanned. We were planning to do three things back to back that sounded cool. But on walking to the first one, we discovered a building with a school bus converted to a play area, a playground, magnet fishing poles...my boys were in heaven. We sat there for an hour and a half while they ran and played. All plans flew out the window, but they had a blast, so we did too!

I also tested 2 pairs of shoes, both our strollers, and realized the things I forgot to bring in our backpack for the day. All in all, a very successful day! Oh, plus we saw goats, sheep, and snakes, acted like farmers, milked a cow, saw a show about raptors, and ate like pigs...fun!!!
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How ironic! We too took a long day trip yesterday. I never read before about doing a "practice run" but 1/2 way through the day I said to my husband "boy this is a good way to see what it will be like at disney". To our amazement our children were so well behaved despite getting up at 5am and not napping at all. We had such a blast. I am glad you did too. Isnt it such a great feeling and it even adds to the excitement and anxiousness of wanting to get to WDW ASAP! I am going to write about our day and hopefully adding some pics on my PTR so if your interested check it out. I cant beleive you forgot the camera, put that on the top of your list for your vacation. Of all things right!
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How ironic! We too took a long day trip yesterday. I never read before about doing a "practice run" but 1/2 way through the day I said to my husband "boy this is a good way to see what it will be like at disney". To our amazement our children were so well behaved despite getting up at 5am and not napping at all. We had such a blast. I am glad you did too. Isnt it such a great feeling and it even adds to the excitement and anxiousness of wanting to get to WDW ASAP! I am going to write about our day and hopefully adding some pics on my PTR so if your interested check it out. I cant beleive you forgot the camera, put that on the top of your list for your vacation. Of all things right!
Oh good, I'm glad you guys had a good time and your boys did so well. Mine really did well too, but Cooper just won't sit still or sit in the stroller, so that part was kind of exhausting. Honestly, I'm hopeful that he'll be a little more physically tired after a few days at Disney and that will work to my advantage and he'll want to sit!

I can't believe I forgot the camera. It is usually glued to my neck. But the nice thing was that I was really "free" all day to just watch and enjoy, as opposed to capture every moment. My mom had her camera and I asked her to take some pics when something was cute, so it was okay. But man, I will be double checking each morning there!
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*Dinosaur (Griffin really wants to do this one...I'm a little nervous, but he watched it on youtube and didn't seem worried, Chad thinks he'll do fine...)

Hopefully the boys can play in the Boneyard with the grandmas while Chad and I ride EE. We have an 8 am ADR at Tusker House, so I'm excited to get there early and really have the whole day to play. Still undecided on where to eat lunch. I hate BBQ, though others in the group like it. I was thinking Pizzafari maybe, but would love suggestions if someone has a place they love.
LOL We've been watching youtube videos too to see if Ben will do certain things He SAYS he wants to do Jedi Training but I know he'll freak out when Darth Vadar shows up. DH is devastated.

What a great idea to use Boneyard and my mom so DH and I can do some rides

It's funny - so many parts of our trip are identical even our Tuskers ADR

Reading your trial run next.... never heard of doing that!
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In case anyone else is reading and preparing for their first trip with small kids, here is what I learned from our trial run:

-I am bringing the world's largest bag of dum dums. Seriously.

-My kids got super cranky when they were hungry, which I wasn't expecting since they eat very little (even less than average kids). I am bringing lots of semi-healthy snacks, like crackers, raisins, grapes/bananas if possible.

-We definitely need a leash for Cooper. He hates sitting in the stroller (ironically, Griffin loves it still!), so he wants to walk. This stinks because he's slow and reckless. I wish we'd brought that to try, but I don't have one yet.

-Chad and I got very snippy with each other when we didn't have a plan. I hate not knowing what we're doing next, and he likes to go with the flow. Once we knew what we were doing, we got along great. This makes me happy we're doing Ridemax!

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Okay.... first what are Dum Dums? I'm Canadian

Glad to hear about the food - DS3 isn't a big eater at home and often don't feed him unless he asks (that sounds horrible - I hope you KWIM).

I was thinking of getting a "leash" for YDS too but I wanted a nice basic simple one and can't seem to find one. Ideas?

As far as DH getting snippy - I swear if he asks me at WDW "what do we do now" I'm going to freak out LOL! It's like when I leave before a meal time to run errands and he says "well what do I make them for lunch?" - seriously you can't figure that out for yourself? I Love him to death of course

I'm not sure we'll do a trial run - I'm literally saving every penny for the trip so I've really learned from your tips
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