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Old 08-08-2009, 07:45 PM   #91
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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!
I didn't realize your mom was coming too. Wow, we really do have some similarities to our trips! We go before you, right? You'll have to learn from all the mistakes we make so you can have an even better trip than us! I'm torn on the Jedi Training. It sounds fun, and Griffin loves swords, stick fighting etc. But he has never seen Star Wars, and I kind of hate the idea of waiting forever and him not getting picked. Plus, lately he's been kind of shy and probably wouldn't go up even if he did get picked. So we might skip that. I think it's on my "if we have time" list.

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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
Most important...dum dums are lollipops. They have tons of flavors, they're small, and they're cheap for a big bag. Perfect for keeping kids quiet and happy (and I learned yesterday, for enticing them to sit in the stroller when they'd rather walk!).

I totally get what you mean about not feeding them until they ask. The problem with my kids is they will NEVER ask. Griffin has seen a nutritionist since he was 18 months old, and I think Cooper watches him and has learned to hate eating as well. It sucks. So I was very surprised to see them get cranky when they were hungry. They must have been really hungry!

I really want to get one of those Mickey backpack leashes, but Toys R Us is out of stock. I need to look around for that, and I also need to investigate pin trading. I'd been thinking we'd skip that, but I think they'd really enjoy doing it.

Totally get what you mean about your DH. For us, it's when he's trying to find something that is literally right in front of his face and he can't see it. Within two seconds after he makes me look, I find it. We call it "man looking." It's a good thing they're cute, right? It was interesting for me to see how it went, because I think he thinks I'm nuts with the Ridemax plan. But none of us had any idea what we were doing yesterday, so we'd just flip through the guide and look at the map while the kids got impatient. I want to hop off one ride and say, "Now we head to ..." I think with 4 adults, we need that.

I don't think the trial run is necessary, but I also don't think you'd have to spend much money. Could you go to a park or something for the day? Basically I wanted to test our stamina, as well as our shoes, strollers, and supplies. You could do that anywhere! And if I think of anything else I learned yesterday, I'll let you know.

Up next (maybe tomorrow): Questions about the trip that are keeping me up at night...
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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
I ended up just buying Ally's in Epcot. It was only $9.99 and it came with a bunch of stickers for each country and a special Epcot pin. Plus it looked like a real passport--too cute!!
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Your AK plans look great! Ally rode Dinosaur and loved it (she was 4 1/2 when we were there)!! We also let her watch it in YouTube to prepare her. I was very nervous for her but she did great!! We ate at Pizzafari for lunch and we really enjoyed it!! If you don't see Finding Nemo The Musical on this trip you MUST see it the next time you go! It is fabulous!! But I LOVE FOTLK, too!!
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Your plans look great! Your boys are going to have so much fun....and the rest of you as well.
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I ended up just buying Ally's in Epcot. It was only $9.99 and it came with a bunch of stickers for each country and a special Epcot pin. Plus it looked like a real passport--too cute!!
I may end up doing that. I have so many things I want to make, but $9.99 sounds pretty reasonable. Did Ally trade pins too? I can't remember from your TR!

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Your AK plans look great! Ally rode Dinosaur and loved it (she was 4 1/2 when we were there)!! We also let her watch it in YouTube to prepare her. I was very nervous for her but she did great!! We ate at Pizzafari for lunch and we really enjoyed it!! If you don't see Finding Nemo The Musical on this trip you MUST see it the next time you go! It is fabulous!! But I LOVE FOTLK, too!!
I was totally psyched for Pizzafari to eat the chicken parm sandwich, but I guess they just stopped serving that. So now I need to regroup and look at our options. I know, I really want to see Nemo too! Just not enough time to do it all-I'm going to make a plan with it and one without, just in case we change our minds when we're there. I know the boys would love it!

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Thanks! You sound like you're about ready too! Getting excited?
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The things keeping me up at night...

But first, the fun stuff! We got postcards from our Fairy Godmailer today! I had kind of forgotten about them. She did such a great job getting exactly the characters I'd asked for on them, and writing a cute message. The boys are napping now, but I can't wait to show them what "Mickey" sent them! For those going soon, you should totally do this if you haven't signed up already. Go to the "Disney for Families" board and look at the "Fairy Godmailer" thread. People go on there and offer to mail your kids postcards from WDW from Mickey, saying how they can't wait to see them. So cute!

Now, onto my current stresses, dilemnas, and worries...because sharing them is one way to feel a little better, right?

1) Where the heck is my Mickey Mail? Now truthfully, I have no idea what comes in Mickey Mail. I'm assuming our Magical Express tags, but I don't know what else. I don't even know that it's very exciting. But still, lots of people going later than us are getting theirs, and I WANT MINE TOO! Whew...

2) What shoes am I going to wear? The boys are set-Disney crocs and sneakers, and they'll be in the stroller a lot. Chad is on his own, but I think he's all set. I bought a pair of Keens, since so many people raved about them on here, and I hate them! They hurt and make my feet sweaty! I want to wear sandals, but I don't want to bring 10 pairs with me, and no one pair is super comfortable. Any great sandal recommendations? I don't do flip flops since I can't stand things between my toes (I know, weird!). At home I wear slide type sandals (the kind with a strap across the top of your foot and nothing on the back), but I don't know if those are good enough for there.

3) Our stroller situation. I want to bring 2 singles, since we'll have 4 adults to push and may split up the kids from time to time for big kid rides. We have an old Graco Metrolite that's super functional, but old enough that I don't care if it survives. So one down! But I bought a Cosco Alvila (or something) and when we did our trial run, it is just not a great stroller. It also wouldn't collapse right, so I'm hopeful I can bring it back as defective. In that case, we are one stroller short. Not sure if I should splurge on a good stroller, or try to find another used Metrolite since we know it and like it. Argh...

4) CARES for the airplane. We aren't bringing Coop's car seat, since we won't need it at WDW at all. But I am worried about if he will sit on the plane (2 hours each way) without a fuss. We could rent one, but it will be $25 to rent it and send it back. Don't know if it's worth the money to do that, although I know it's a safety thing too.

5) To get groceries delivered or not? I have gone back and forth so many times on this. We are in a fridge swap, so I'd like to have milk, OJ, bread, PB&J, GoGurts, and some fruit for the room. I know I can get some of that at POP, but not all. But I hate to spend $17 on a delivery fee for that little amount of groceries. I could, however, also order diapers and wipes and save some luggage space. Which brings me to...

6) How much luggage will we need? We are flying Airtran, so each bag is $15 each way. I am bound and determined to only check one bag. So I don't know how many carry-ons are realistic? We have 4 tickets, so 4 carry-ons plus 4 personal items are allowed (I think the personal item will be a backpack for all of us-Chad's will have the camera in it, mine will be our park bag ready to go, and the boys will each have stuff for the plane). But how many carry-ons are realistic to get through the airport? We'll have 2 strollers (one of which could maybe hold somethings while Griffin walks), 2 kids, etc. I am really unsure of this one.

7) And the one making my head hurt the most ( if you've made it this far, by the way!)...our arrival day. When we changed flights, we moved our arrival time up a lot. Now we leave Indy at 7:10 and get into MCO at 9:17 am. This is awesome, except that I doubt our rooms will be ready. So I am trying to plan ahead for when it's not. Now, if it is, my plan is that we'll check in, drop our stuff off, swim, eat lunch, and all rest since we'll have been up since 4:30 or so. If it's not, though, I'm torn.

The only chance we have to watch Spectro is this night. But no one will be happy staying until 9 without a nice rest. So do we still swim, eat, etc. and hope the room is ready around 1, to get a rest in? Or do we head to the park, stay through our dinner ADR at 6:30 and then head back to unwind and go to bed early, missing Spectro? I definitely want at least a few solid hours at MK to ride some rides, so I don't want to wait until evening to get there. This is stressing me out in really unnecessary ways. I mean, of course it will be fine either way, but I wish I could know which plan we'll follow (especially because I would move up our ADR if I know we're leaving there early).

Alright, so that's what's on my mind. What things are you stressing about? What plans are still up in the air?
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We have some similiarities in trips!! We are leaving from Indinanapolis too! But 3 days after you..lol..And we are staying at POP too!!

I think to get a delivery from gardengrocer is only $12. Just an idea!

I don't think sandals are a good idea. Those could cause a lot of blisters from all the walking!

As far as a "personal item" can that be another backpack?
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I totally understand things keeping you up at night. In fact, I had a dream (nightmare really) the other night in which I forgot to bring our clothes, our tickets for the halloween party, and our confirmation numbers (which we needed b/c everywhere we went to eat said we didn't have reservations). I have never been so happy to wake up!

I hope your room is ready....I know your boys will be ready to crash by the time you get to the hotel.
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I totally understand your "up at night" problems last night I was up until midnight obsessing over stuff.

As far as shoes goes I would use a good pair of sneakers during the day and a pair of previously warn non-blister causing sandals at night. You may want to try the nike flip flops. Even though you dont like something in between your toes, these sandals are amazing. I could run a marathon in them. My dad will not wear the flip flop style either but I got him to try a pair of the nike's and he said they are the greatest 20$ he's ever spent. Here is a picture.
you can get them in all different colors. I have the pink/grey and the all black. Ive worn them to amusement parks and a day at the zoo. Never had any problems.

I would vote to find a used version of the stroller that you already like and have. We have chosen to spend 85$ and rent a double stroller for the week from orlando stroller rentals. If you cant find what you like and want to go this option for a 2nd single stroller those also rent those as well.

The bags you have chosen as carryons sounds good. Keep in mind you will need extra room on the way home. Dirty clothes always seems to take up more room. And you need room for all those souveniors. I am going to pack our diapers and wipes and utilize that as extra space for the trip home.

Have you picked your seats on airtran? If so I would say you or your dh could sit aisle seat and allow the kids the inner seats. That way they can move around somewhat but wont be able to get down the aisle. This is what we try to do at baseball games since our ds2 cant sit still for more than 5 minutes if that. I sit on one end and my dh sits on the other with the 2 boys in between that way they can stand and move but only in a contained area. I am hoping it works for the plane as well.

and last but no least. Arrival day! I have also thought about this. Our flights are similar too. leave at 7am (getting up super early) and arriving at MK 923am. I too thought about waiting for the room and napping but knowing that my boys are going to be so excited I wasnt sure if it would work out anyway. I planned on checking in, eating lunch at food court, and heading to magic kingdom. Catching the afternoon parade and getting some rides done. We have ADR at 4pm at plaza resturaunt and I plan on heading back after that to resort to swim or just organize the room and baths and bed. I would say try to find another night for spectro or skip it this trip. Or just have plan A if the room is ready and if not do plan B

Hope I helped and didnt just confuse you more .

Ps I am waiting for my mickey mail too. I unfortunately have to wait until AAA calls.
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We have some similiarities in trips!! We are leaving from Indinanapolis too! But 3 days after you..lol..And we are staying at POP too!!

I think to get a delivery from gardengrocer is only $12. Just an idea!

I don't think sandals are a good idea. Those could cause a lot of blisters from all the walking!

As far as a "personal item" can that be another backpack?
Cool that you're leaving from Indy. It looks like you're from Ohio, right? Do you have kids? Are you feeling pretty ready to go?

You're right, Garden Grocer is only $12, WeGoShop is $17. But GG prices are so inflated, and you can't be real specific on what you want (ie it's a computerized listing, not making a grocery list for a "real" person to look at), so I liked WGS better. But we have quite a bit of Rewards Dollars from our Disney Visa, so I think we might be better off just buying items as we want them from the POP store. IDK, still working on this one!

Still working on the shoes. I sandals, and I think we'll have split days when we take hotel breaks, so I might be able to wear them part of some of the days.

And yes, the backpacks will be our personal items. We're taking rollaboard suitcases and a duffle as our carry-ons. Hope you keep reading!

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I totally understand things keeping you up at night. In fact, I had a dream (nightmare really) the other night in which I forgot to bring our clothes, our tickets for the halloween party, and our confirmation numbers (which we needed b/c everywhere we went to eat said we didn't have reservations). I have never been so happy to wake up!

I hope your room is ready....I know your boys will be ready to crash by the time you get to the hotel.
Glad someone else is having nightmares as well! (Well, not glad you're having them, but glad I'm not alone). I'm pretty sure you'll remember the clothes at the very least!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed on the hotel room!
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Wow, so helpful!!! Thanks for all your great ideas!

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I totally understand your "up at night" problems last night I was up until midnight obsessing over stuff.

As far as shoes goes I would use a good pair of sneakers during the day and a pair of previously warn non-blister causing sandals at night. You may want to try the nike flip flops. Even though you dont like something in between your toes, these sandals are amazing. I could run a marathon in them. My dad will not wear the flip flop style either but I got him to try a pair of the nike's and he said they are the greatest 20$ he's ever spent. Here is a picture.
you can get them in all different colors. I have the pink/grey and the all black. Ive worn them to amusement parks and a day at the zoo. Never had any problems.

Those do look comfy, but I just don't know about the toe thing! I'll have to find some around here to try on. Love me some sandals!

I would vote to find a used version of the stroller that you already like and have. We have chosen to spend 85$ and rent a double stroller for the week from orlando stroller rentals. If you cant find what you like and want to go this option for a 2nd single stroller those also rent those as well.

I've decided this is the best way to go too. I'm going to look at one this afternoon that I found on craigslist. Wish me luck that I can cross this off my list!

The bags you have chosen as carryons sounds good. Keep in mind you will need extra room on the way home. Dirty clothes always seems to take up more room. And you need room for all those souveniors. I am going to pack our diapers and wipes and utilize that as extra space for the trip home.

I know, we will definitely need room for souvenirs. I'm planning for taking only 3 carry-ons (we're allotted 4) and then packing a little duffle that folds down to nothing in case we run out of room, that way we'll have a little breathing room and could use it as our 4th carry-on if need be. And I think the diaper/wipes space should help too, plus snacks. I'm planning on almost one whole carry-on being snacks (fruit snacks, dum dums, granola bars, raisins, etc.) and diapers, so that should be empty.

Have you picked your seats on airtran? If so I would say you or your dh could sit aisle seat and allow the kids the inner seats. That way they can move around somewhat but wont be able to get down the aisle. This is what we try to do at baseball games since our ds2 cant sit still for more than 5 minutes if that. I sit on one end and my dh sits on the other with the 2 boys in between that way they can stand and move but only in a contained area. I am hoping it works for the plane as well.

We do have our seats picked, and we have 2 full rows on the right side of the plane. So we maybe able to pin both kids in, one adult on each side in each row (there are 4 adults). That's a good idea. Cooper is great about sitting in his car seat; he doesn't even need toys/books to entertain him in the car, he just kind of zones out. Not sure about the plane though. I think I'll save the $25 and take our chances.


and last but no least. Arrival day! I have also thought about this. Our flights are similar too. leave at 7am (getting up super early) and arriving at MK 923am. I too thought about waiting for the room and napping but knowing that my boys are going to be so excited I wasnt sure if it would work out anyway. I planned on checking in, eating lunch at food court, and heading to magic kingdom. Catching the afternoon parade and getting some rides done. We have ADR at 4pm at plaza resturaunt and I plan on heading back after that to resort to swim or just organize the room and baths and bed. I would say try to find another night for spectro or skip it this trip. Or just have plan A if the room is ready and if not do plan B.

Yeah, your plan is my plan B, and I think it sounds the best (especially if I could move CP up to 5:30), except that everyone keeps telling me we must see Spectro, and I know the kids would ADORE it. I think they would conk out at some point in the strollers in the afternoon, and maybe that would be enough to get through until Spectro, but I don't want to go so gung ho our very first day. My mom and I should have time to discuss this today so I can see what she thinks and wants to do.

Hope I helped and didnt just confuse you more .

Ps I am waiting for my mickey mail too. I unfortunately have to wait until AAA calls.

Glad I'm not the only one! I'm going to e-mail my TA today.
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Epcot Park Plans!

Alright, next up is Epcot. For some reason, this park is causing me some problems. I think it's because there are some variables here we don't have at other parks. There are several rides here that all the adults want to ride, but Cooper can't, so we'll have to do Rider Swap. We want to do the World Showcase, but I don't know how long we'll need. I don't know whether we'll want a break in the day, though I think we will. And, I don't know, but I think, that this will be where we come back to on Saturday for our open morning. So then do I leave certain things off of our Ridemax plan for our first day, or try to cram it all in? Obviously none of these are big worries (not like the Mickey Mail! ), but still it's not as easy a list as Animal Kingdom. So...

Our Must Do List:
Spaceship Earth
Mission Space (the mild side, for Chad and I)
Test Track (everyone but Cooper)
Seas with Nemo
Turtle Talk with Crush
Soarin (everyone but Cooper-I'm starting to feel bad for him!)
A few hours in World Showcase to walk around and hopefully see the candy lady in Japan and some of the other acts (how many hours to allow?)
Gran Fiesta in Mexico
Maelstrom in Norway (both as part of our WS tour)
Club Cool
Illuminations (if we can make it!)
Disney Visa character meet and greet

Our "If Time" List:
Journey into Imagination (or should this be on the must do list?)
Universe of Energy (sounds kind of boring and super long, but I hear there are dinosaurs?)
Circle of Life (if someone needs something to do with Cooper?)
Innoventions (if we can only do one side, which is better?)
Imageworks Lab (what is this????)
HISTK 3-D show (I don't think the kids will be super into this, but it might be a cool break from the heat)

Am I missing anything? What are your must do things at Epcot?
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I cant believe you didnt get your mickey mail yet. Did you call your TA. I am anxiously awaiting mine and we are 39 days out. I guess I have a while to wait.

What is the disney visa char. meet and great. I have a disney visa but have never heard of this.

I like your epcot list. I would put figment into your must do's. Our plans are to tour the future world side in the morning then break at resort, dinner and then tour world showcase ending with illuminations at night. It would only give us approx 2 hours to do world showcase. I know the last time we visited without kids it was enough so I assumed we would be fine.

I bet you are just jumping with excitement. Your almost 3 weeks away
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Nope no kids here, even though I do want some. But, for now I am living at home with my Mom and going to school full time. We are sooo ready to go. Tomorrow will be 4 weeks and I am going nuts! I am actually in Northern Michigan right now (was up here for a few weeks) . I am bypassing the fact that I am going home next week and just want it to be September 19th!
I love your plans! I have an Excel sheet that I look at everyday and hope it all works out...I am not going to stress though because whatever I don't get to this time gives me an excuse to go again !!
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1) Where the heck is my Mickey Mail? Now truthfully, I have no idea what comes in Mickey Mail. I'm assuming our Magical Express tags, but I don't know what else. I don't even know that it's very exciting. But still, lots of people going later than us are getting theirs, and I WANT MINE TOO! Whew...
It will come I promise!!! I'm surprised I got my as early as I did but figured they may have sent it earlier since I live in Canada and it takes longer to get here.

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2) What shoes am I going to wear? The boys are set-Disney crocs and sneakers, and they'll be in the stroller a lot.
I'm doing the flip flop thing. I LIVE in them. Boys are doing Crocs too! Not sure about DH. I HATE wearing socks so sneakers are OUT for me!

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3) Our stroller situation.
We are doing two singles as well for the same reasons. YDS has a combi that I love and we bought a cheap one at wal mart for DS3 as he doesn't use a stroller at home and I didn't want to invest $$. It cost $39 and it's the best thing ever!



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4) CARES for the airplane.
Same here! We decided (I decided LOL) that we were doing the car seat for YDS. Logan is WAY to squirmy and there isn't a crotch strappy thing to keep him from sliding out from under it. Plus he sleeps so much better in his seat (he leans up against the sides). We're taking the car seat from our second car - it's cheap and light and smaller then his alpha omega seat. DS3 will use a strap - not worried about him.

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5) To get groceries delivered or not?
Not for us but we don't have a fridge. If we did I would for sure! Garden Grocer as well. You have to order $40 of food (I guess that doesn't include diapers/wipes???) though. I'm packing all that stuff from home and hoping that will make room for stuff coming back - I have a weakness for BIG stuffed animals LOL

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6) How much luggage will we need?
We will have 3 carry-ons and 3 personal bags (YDS only have a ticket for a part of the way ) I'm cheap so I'll find out in my practice run at packing how much space I'll need. I'm packing the boys clothes in ziploc bags so they should fit in carry ons. I'll pack diapers/wipes/snacks/toiletries in the checked bag.

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7) And the one making my head hurt the most ( if you've made it this far, by the way!)...our arrival day.
You're an obvious planner so I hate to say this but wait and see what your day is like See how everyone feels - sounds like you'll have a long day.

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Alright, so that's what's on my mind. What things are you stressing about? What plans are still up in the air?
Pretty much the same stuff. I'm more worried about - finding a sitter for our sick cat and Logan Tantrums on the plane! LOL! BTW - I sleep with a pad of paper and a pen beside me at night so when a Disney thought crosses my mind I write it down LOL!

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