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Old 06-15-2009, 02:05 PM   #46
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Update on Disney planning from today:

1) I mentioned previously that I ordered 20 Disney pins from ebay.....They have arrived! I'll try to take pictures tonight when I get home....(there's a couple that my wife says she may want to keep)

2) Last week, we went ahead and ordered the kids' tickets (which was well-timed considering rumors of prices going up soon). They arrived today as well! Joshua's has Mickey on it and Samantha's has Minnie. Very cool.

3) My sister and I have gone over some ADR back-up plans in case she gets on the phone and doesn't get exactly what we want.


Here's our current meal planning (summarized):

Sep 17 (THU) - 'Ohana @ 7pm (anywhere from 6:30-8:00 ressie will be fine)
Sep 18 (FRI) - Crystal Palace @ 8am (latest we want to start is 8:45)
Sep 20 (SUN) - Akershus @ 10am (anywhere 9:30-whenever is fine)
Sep 21 (MON) - Tusker House @ 10:30am (basically as late as we can get)
Sep 21 (MON) - Boma @ 6pm (anytime 6 or after is fine)
Sep 25 (FRI) - Play 'N' Dine @ 8am (as early as possible, basically)


So....not too many reservations, but the worrisome one's (Ohana and Crystal Palace) happen to be our earliest ones....which means that people with earlier trips are already starting to book those places & times.

So, we've discussed backup plans. If we can't get 'Ohana during a reasonable time period that first night in.....our backup is either Friday the 18th or any night from the 23rd thru 25th. Would be fun to start the trip with that meal, but won't be a big deal if it gets moved.

The one I MOST have my heart set on is that Friday the 18th breakfast at Crystal Palace...and specifically trying to get a right after 8:00 slot. I don't want to get too close to 9am, because then we start losing park time after it first opens. IF, it just won't workout to eat there that morning, we may end up shooting for Thursday the 24th. MK has early hour that day, so we would hit the 8am rope drop and then could plan for a late breakfast.
In less than 90 hours, I should know the results!!
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:12 PM   #47
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I hope you get all of your ADRs! Good luck! Maybe I'll see you when we're leaving the Tusker House. I'm going to try to reserve Ohana's on the 21st, which is a Monday night. I'm hoping we get that and Le Cellier on the 23rd. Keep your fingers crossed!
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:13 PM   #48
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I just caught up on your PTR. GREAT JOB!! I love how you and your wife are teaching the kids and having a Disney countdown at the same time. All of the activities are just adorable. And Samantha's Alice in Wonderland birthday party was SOOO cute!!! I love all of the decorations. Do you and your wife do most of the planning for parties and the teaching together? Oh--and we're staying at AKL too! But we'll be in Jambo House. It's coming SOON!!
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:19 PM   #49
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As for party planning, my wife does most of it...I throw in a few creative suggestions here and there and let her know what we can "afford."

One thing we've discussed is trying not to have "packaged parties". In other words, we could go to Wal-Mart, Target, Party Galaxy, etc. and throw a party based on whatever the current popular things are (which works good sometimes) but we like having slightly more unique themes. Joshua's first birthday was a monkey party.
Samantha's first birthday was Neverland themed (which reminds me...I've got to get a picture of the cake for that party. It was amazing!)
For her 2nd birthday, we had a Farm theme.
This year, Joshua is going to have a robot theme.....since his birthday is only 6 weeks away, we need to get brainstorming.


As for teaching ideas....some of the stuff is our work. This Disney project is almost 100% my creation.....of course, I'm using the Internet to get pictures and find good science/social studies projects and math worksheets, but I'm the compiler....Bridgette does 90% of the teaching (I do a little bit on weekends/nights).

Sometime next year, when we get into a "fuller curriculum" we will be using KONOS to help direct our teaching. It can be a lot of work sometimes, but very rewarding.



By the way, anyone have any good tricks for speeding up 8am to 4pm each day??????
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Joining in! Beautiful kids! I love Samantha's Alice in Wonderland birthday. What a great cake! Great plans & ADRs. Looking forward to reading more.
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I didn't see your ADR plan earlier. It looks great! I always had theme birthday parties too. SO FUN!! My mom did a great job with them. One time I had a flower party and we did all kinds of flower type things including decorating flower pots and planting flowers. One time I had a surprising party where everything was exciting (like icing changing colors, and simple magic tricks) and all kinds of things. We would start planning the new party almost as soon as the other one was over! Your kids will love those memories! YES--post pictures of the Neverland party. It sounds great. That's awesome that your wife is able to stay home and teach your kids! I know yall are going to have a WONDERFUL trip!
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:23 PM   #52
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Well, thanks to the news about online ADR's now available....did some "researching" to get an idea about the possibilities of getting our 1st choice reservations for Ohana and Crystal Palace.

For today, the last possible booking date is the 14th. At 11am CST this morning, I checked on both places. Ohana had a 6:30 and 8:20 availability. So, not too bad.
Crystal Palace still had 8:25am availability. So, 5 hours after the time slot opened.....pretty good openings still out there.

Hoping this bodes well.....will probably continue this research the next two days as well.
Why?

Well, I say....WHY NOT!?!
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Can't wait to see how your ADR's come out!


I just asked you on my thread what curriculum you guys use. LOL Now I know. We're thinking of doing Alpha Omega Horizons.
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Awesome....hope you find it to be a good one for you.








3 MONTHS TO GO!!!!


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Well, thanks to the news about online ADR's now available....did some "researching" to get an idea about the possibilities of getting our 1st choice reservations for Ohana and Crystal Palace.

For today, the last possible booking date is the 14th. At 11am CST this morning, I checked on both places. Ohana had a 6:30 and 8:20 availability. So, not too bad.
Crystal Palace still had 8:25am availability. So, 5 hours after the time slot opened.....pretty good openings still out there.

Hoping this bodes well.....will probably continue this research the next two days as well.
Why?

Well, I say....WHY NOT!?!

I was looking into this new ADR booking plan this morning. I have some questions you probably know the answer to: When can I make these ADRs? Is it still at 7am? And this is really a silly question, but what is the time change difference between us and them--if there is one? Is it just the start of a new day (aka 12:01 am)--or do we have to wait to book online as well? Are you going to use this, or just call? Sorry for the random questions...thanks for the help!
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Actually, I don't have the answers.

a) not sure when the new day comes online
b) not sure if you can do the 90+10 online.

My sister will still be calling at 6am(CST) on Friday to get everything booked the old-fashioned way.
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I might call and try to get those answers...if it's still the same time (aka not being able to book until 7) then I'll do it the old fashioned way. But if we can book earlier, then I might try the new way. So they're one hour earlier than us?
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Cool. Definitely let me know what info you find out.
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We've never done this in the past, but part of our plans this year is to have some matching/themed shirts.

And last night we made our first one!

(Thanks to Dom13 and his Star Wars designs)

So far, Dom13 has made one for me and Joshua. For our first attempt, we tried making Joshua's shirt and I'm pleased with how it looks:





So, now we need to get a shirt for me and the girls....plus, waiting to see if Dom13 will be able to make names for the girls as well.
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I like that! Very nice! Good work
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