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Old 07-08-2009, 02:05 PM   #136
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That'd be a great surprise! Which DVC were you thinking about?
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Great news!! Lucky you! the investment of the AP's has reallypaid off for ya'll! I hope you are able to swing the DVC points and the DVC it self!
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:23 PM   #138
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That'd be a great surprise! Which DVC were you thinking about?
Well, in December we stayed at Saratoga Springs.
In September, we'll be staying at Kidani Village.

So...would like to stay somewhere different this time.

Working on a limited budget, so unless I get a really good deal, looking most likely at:
Boardwalk
Animal Kingdom Lodge (Value room)
Old Key West

Of those....I'm definitely focused on trying to get in Boardwalk Villas. Would be fantastic if I could grab a stay there.


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Great news!! Lucky you! the investment of the AP's has reallypaid off for ya'll! I hope you are able to swing the DVC points and the DVC it self!
Thanks! It's nice to get use out of those AP's...and yeah, becoming more and more drawn in by the DVC lure....
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:30 PM   #139
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I have been away and just got caught up! I LOVE the mini triipes to St. Louis! The pics are so cute and that children's muesem looks great.

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Interrupting this September 2009 PTR for some CRAZY NEWS!!


As I've mentioned before, Bridgette and I took a 3-night trip to WDW early last December with my sister. Since we knew we had the big September trip coming up, we got annual passes. Our first usage day was December 1st, I believe.

Recently, Bridgette has joked about trying to fit in one more trip before the annual passes expire. Well....I got inspired this morning when I saw really good airline deals going on right now. So, quickly broke out several spreadsheets and started running some numbers...and....

I HAVE JUST BOOKED AIRLINE TICKETS FOR NOV.14TH-17TH TO ORLANDO!!!!!!!!!

WOO!!!!!!

So....amazingly, Bridgette and I will have gone to WDW 3 times in one 12-month period. So exciting!!

We finish the September trip on the 26th. So...7 weeks later!! we'll be headed right back. Yeehaw!!


(Oh, and I haven't told Bridgette yet, but I've been running some more numbers, and am starting to heavily consider joining DVC.......that's just a rumor for now, though) ;-)
congrats on the new trip!!!!!!
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congrats on the new trip!!!!!!
Thanks! I'm very excited.








And..............another Thursday is here, so

10 WEEKS TO GO!!!! ONLY 70 MORE DAYS!!!!

Letter Q
Ride: Test Track (I had to get tricky for Q....I went with Test Track because it is the Quickest Ride in all of Disney World)
Non-ride: Queues (I'm sure we'll be in a lot of these, so decided to get the kids visually prepared)
Characters: Queen of Hearts, Quasimodo, Quincy






I'm so excited to be at the 10-week mark.

This weekend, we're having a garage sale....then the following weekend, Bridgette will be out of town.

After that, though, it's time to start completing some "preparation" projects -- specifically, making T-shirts!
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It looks like your trip was a BLAST! I really like the zoo pics--too cute. And I can remember going to the Precious Moments Chapel when I was little bitty--seeing the pictures of Samantha brought back so many memories Congrats on your new trip!!! Good luck renting points. My aunt just got a great deal renting a few weeks ago--and she's going on really short notice (beginning of Sept).
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:42 PM   #142
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It looks like your trip was a BLAST! I really like the zoo pics--too cute. And I can remember going to the Precious Moments Chapel when I was little bitty--seeing the pictures of Samantha brought back so many memories Congrats on your new trip!!! Good luck renting points. My aunt just got a great deal renting a few weeks ago--and she's going on really short notice (beginning of Sept).
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and it appears, Good Luck has been had!


Unfortunately, the Boardwalk Villas studios were booked up, BUT there was availability at Old Key West which is a place I've never stayed at before....which was part of my goal.

Ironically, I happened to get in touch with a DVC owner who lives in Oklahoma City. We worked out a deal and she just confirmed that I have a reservation at Old Key West for those nights.

yay!!


[Now -- how long can I keep this secret?
The goal = until we get to the Magical Express pickup
The reality = ? ]
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:56 PM   #143
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WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! we were part of a stroller swap and picked up the stroller at Old Key West.. it was beautiful (from what I could see--it was 8:00 at night)

YOU HAVE TO KEEP IT A SECRET!!! SHE WILL BE SO EXCITED!!!

you need to school me--how does this renting of the points work
would this be something a budget minded mom be interested in for next year...
OH! but you can't be part of the "free dining" if its offered can you...
anyway how does it work if we go in DEC.
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WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! we were part of a stroller swap and picked up the stroller at Old Key West.. it was beautiful (from what I could see--it was 8:00 at night)

YOU HAVE TO KEEP IT A SECRET!!! SHE WILL BE SO EXCITED!!!

you need to school me--how does this renting of the points work
would this be something a budget minded mom be interested in for next year...
OH! but you can't be part of the "free dining" if its offered can you...
anyway how does it work if we go in DEC.
Well, this is my first time to rent points and I'm still IN PROGRESS, but I'll let you know how it has gone so far....

When talking to Bridgette, she saw that we could get a room at All-Star Music for just over $350 for 3 nights, I believe (that includes taxes/fees/whatnot).

Well, on the DVC Rental forums, I could tell that the "average" price per point is around $10. I looked up some DVC points charts and figured out based on the date we were going, how many points I would need for each resort (only looked at the smallest rooms this time). After e-mailing/pm'ing a couple DVC renters, I found out that pretty much only OKW, SSR, and AKL still had availability for my timeframe. After Sept., I will have stayed at SSR and AKL, so that left OKW as a new place to try.

For a Sat night, Sun night, and Mon night.....standard studio at OKW, it would take 37 points. So, 37 x $10 = $370. Add 3% paypal charge and I will be paying a total of $381.10.

SO....for about $30 more, I will get to stay in a DVC deluxe resort.
(Had I booked OKW on my own, it would have cost just over $1,000)

In about 10 days, my DVC person will get the confirmation letter and then mail to me. I also gave her my flight info so that she could set up Magical Express for us. The ME stuff should arrive at my address a month before the trip.

[How can I save so much money this way? Well, right now, annual maintenance fees are approx. $5/point. So, aside from the initial cost of DVC, this owner spent $185 on these 37 points this year. She rented them to me for $370....making a $185 profit on her maintenance fees. She wins....I win. Yay for all Disney fans]
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:54 PM   #145
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sounds like a winner!! can't wait to hear how it turns out...
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:39 PM   #146
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OKW looks like a beautiful resort. I've never stayed there, you'll have to let me know how you like it! I eventually want to stay in every resort on property. So far I've only stayed in Pop but I'll cross two off my list with the Sept trip!
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sounds like a winner!! can't wait to hear how it turns out...
Me 2!

I've made it about 24 hours so far since getting it booked......going to be an uphill battle to keep from talking about it.

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OKW looks like a beautiful resort. I've never stayed there, you'll have to let me know how you like it! I eventually want to stay in every resort on property. So far I've only stayed in Pop but I'll cross two off my list with the Sept trip!
That's my goal, too!! OKW is one of the resorts at Disney I know the LEAST about....so, that will make it pretty neat.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:41 PM   #148
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Okay, back to talking about the real reason for this PTR......our September trip.

Last year, we bought a new camera for my wife.....a Nikon DSLR -- 10.2MP and 18x optical zoom (this thing zooms like crazy!)


This year, though, I decided that I'd like to have my own camera to take pictures with as well. That way, I can try to catch different angles and Bridgette can hopefully be in some pictures. Since she's got the nice DSLR, I figured I would just get a nice Point-and-Shoot. So, on July 3rd I went off to Best Buy with my $50 Best Buy gift card and $20 in Rewards Zone bucks......

and came away with....




10MP and 3x optical zoom. So, not much zoom, but I'll leave those pics up to my beautiful wife. My goal will be to catch some candid shots and try to get some close-up creative shots......my plan is that whenever we're just kinda standing around not doing much (or in a line) to keep my eyes open for unique things to take pictures of.

OH! and part of the coolness of buying over July 4th weekend, for only $40 extra.....I got not only the camera, but an extra rechargeable battery ($40 value), a camera bag (perfect size), and a 4GB memory card.

Now......to make sure I know how to use this thing.
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:14 PM   #149
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I have that camera! Mine is blue. It's pretty good for a point and shoot. Takes video too.
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I have that camera! Mine is blue. It's pretty good for a point and shoot. Takes video too.
Jealous!

I really wanted the blue one, but they were out of stock.

OH well, great minds...........
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