Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Pre-Trip Reports and Plans
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 08-03-2010, 02:27 PM   #1
disneymom727
DIS Veteran
 
disneymom727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 615

Mommy, I want to see the Castle.... my first PTR ~ UPDATED 10/22

I pride myself on being organized. I am a planner, some may say "over-planner", I say there is no such thing! I like to know the where, when, why and how's of things. I was reminded recently of just how much I dislike spontaneity. We decided back in the spring to plan a trip to WDW. Our last trip was in 2008 so we are due. We had friends who wanted to go with us and pretty much talked us into going too (though it doesn't take too much twisting to make that happen). We all decided to go in the fall. In the past we'd taken advantage of the Free Dining offer for late summer. After our last trip we realized we couldn't deal with that heat again so we'd book in Oct. and hope for an extension of the offer into the fall. Either way we are going to Disney! All that's left to do is book the trip..
__________________
OUR LAND & SEA VACATION




Last edited by disneymom727; 10-22-2010 at 12:53 PM.
disneymom727 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 02:48 PM   #2
disneymom727
DIS Veteran
 
disneymom727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 615

After much back & forth with our friends about when to go we finally decide on Oct. 16-23 staying at the Pop Century Resort. Our family has never stayed there but we've heard great things so we figured it would be fine. This trip needed to stay under a certain amount so a value resort was going to have to do. We've only ever stayed at Mods or values so it's not like it was a huge deal although normally when we go for a week we like a bit of a bigger room. So there it was the beginning of our "plan". We decided that since we didn't have any sort of deal offered from Disney yet we'd book through AAA so at least we'd get a room discount if nothing else. In the meantime we told our kids and continued to plan which days we'd go where, where we would eat, you know the usual for us "over-planning Disney freaks"!
__________________
OUR LAND & SEA VACATION




Last edited by disneymom727; 01-24-2012 at 07:37 PM.
disneymom727 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 08-03-2010, 02:53 PM   #3
Disney Mommy 3
DIS Veteran
 
Disney Mommy 3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 6,009

Oh!! I am first!!!! Yippee!!! Keep it comin'! I love PTRs!!
__________________
3 times off-site as a childOct 2000-off-siteDec 2001-All Star MusicNov 2002-Poly
Oct-2004 Cont.Dec 2005-GF & ContDec 2006-BCMay 2007-BCJan 2008-BCJan 2009-PolyDec 2009-ContNov 2010-BCNov 2011-PolyNov 2012 WLNov2013 BCApril 2014 WL



Disney Mommy 3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 04:57 PM   #4
sjs314
"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever" Walt Disney
 
sjs314's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 10,015

I'm here too
__________________
'89 & '90- Travelodge-Hotel Plaza Blvd,'92 & '93- POFQ,'94-YC,'95 & '96-WL,'97-CSR,'06-AKL,'07-Disneyland Hotel,'09-OKW,F&G '12-BWI,MVMCP '12-BWI,F&W '13-AKL

Shawn 1/9/70-2/13/12
Jason 8/21/79-7/15/09
Sheila
sjs314 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2010, 06:26 PM   #5
disneymom727
DIS Veteran
 
disneymom727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 615

Thanks! More to come tomorrow
__________________
OUR LAND & SEA VACATION



disneymom727 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2010, 05:40 PM   #6
mousescrapper
DIS Veteran
 
mousescrapper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chicago Suburbs, IL
Posts: 4,587

I'm in too
mousescrapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2010, 08:01 PM   #7
disneymom727
DIS Veteran
 
disneymom727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 615

Now I get to the part where I explain why I titled my PTR the way I did. Several years ago we took DS, then 2, to WDW. He was freaked out by EVERYTHING and I mean everything. He didn't like the rides, shows and most of all characters. The following year we took him back but this time leading up to it found several pictures and videos online to show him so he'd know better what to expect. This helped him tremendously! He was excited and wanted to go on everything. So having had that experience with him I figured it would be great to do the same for our DD (who will have just turned 3). I started by showing her pictures of the castle and princesses. Then moved on to rides like It's a Small World, Dumbo, Winnie the Pooh, etc. She was thrilled by it all. However being the "girly-girl" that she is she really focused on the princesses and Castle. Everytime we put her down for a nap or bedtime or really any random time of the day she would say "Mommy I wanna see the Cas-hole." She started adding "I wanna see ...Cinarella, Booty, Belle, Ariel, Jasmine". We finally caught on that this was just a ploy to stay up a bit longer. Each time we explained we would see them all in October. Of course she has no idea when October is but for now her requests to go to Disney have subsided a bit. Though I must admit when she says "Mommy I wanna see the Cas-hole" it still makes me smile. All I can say is "me too baby, me too".
__________________
OUR LAND & SEA VACATION



disneymom727 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2010, 10:21 PM   #8
Disney Mommy 3
DIS Veteran
 
Disney Mommy 3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 6,009

Aww!! That's a sweet memory!!!
__________________
3 times off-site as a childOct 2000-off-siteDec 2001-All Star MusicNov 2002-Poly
Oct-2004 Cont.Dec 2005-GF & ContDec 2006-BCMay 2007-BCJan 2008-BCJan 2009-PolyDec 2009-ContNov 2010-BCNov 2011-PolyNov 2012 WLNov2013 BCApril 2014 WL



Disney Mommy 3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2010, 10:39 AM   #9
disneymom727
DIS Veteran
 
disneymom727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 615

Normally when we go to WDW for a week we get 4 day park tickets doing each park only once without park hopping. We park hopped on our last trip and found it to be more trouble than it was worth with young children. We also really like having a couple of days to do other activities like using the pool, visiting other hotels, shopping, DTD, etc. Generally when we are at the parks we go full steam ahead from open to close. Fortunately both of our children are on-the-go nappers so after lunch time we'll usually just lay them back and out they go. My son was better at this than my daughter is so we'll see how that goes for this trip. So this method works for us!

However for this trip we decided to add an extra day at the Magic Kingdom. Our thinking is that this way we can go it a little more relaxed one day at the MK and really let my daughter take in the castle, meet characters and just enjoy seeing and doing some things we normally miss while we are bolting from one attraction to the next. So our plan for the week is as follows: Leave around noon on Fri., stop and spend the night somewhere along the way, arrive at WDW on Sat. , MK on Sun., HS on Mon., AK on Tues., day off on Wed., Epcot on Thur., and MK again on Fri.

At this point the jury was still out on ADR's. We have a couple "must do's" but wanted to try out a couple of new places as well. DH has become an avid listener to a Disney Podcast. I'm not sure what it's called, I've only listened once or twice. So he comes home with all sorts of recommendations from that which is great. We have to factor in that we have 2 children DS is 8 and DD will be 3 when we go. We also have to factor in that I am a picky eater as are my kids. SO nothing too adventurous for us. We check out menus, blogs, whatever will help us decide and then make a list (I told you I love 'em) on our best options.



UP NEXT OUR ADR's........
__________________
OUR LAND & SEA VACATION



disneymom727 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2010, 11:46 AM   #10
mousescrapper
DIS Veteran
 
mousescrapper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chicago Suburbs, IL
Posts: 4,587

don't you just love how kids pronounce words....
mousescrapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2010, 09:58 AM   #11
Disney Mommy 3
DIS Veteran
 
Disney Mommy 3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 6,009

Yes...you NEED 2 days at the MK!! I love it there!! I have a suggestion about that...of course, I read this somewhere,...I didn't come up with it! LOL!! I didn't do this when the kids were little and it probably would have been easier,but instead of doing rides/attractions all one day, and meet & greets the next, divide the MK in half. Do Adventureland, Frontierland,and as much of Fantasyland as you can one day, then Toontown, Tomorrowland, and rerides the next day...that way you can reaally soak it up!! Just a thought! I know you are excited...and I too LOVE lists!!
__________________
3 times off-site as a childOct 2000-off-siteDec 2001-All Star MusicNov 2002-Poly
Oct-2004 Cont.Dec 2005-GF & ContDec 2006-BCMay 2007-BCJan 2008-BCJan 2009-PolyDec 2009-ContNov 2010-BCNov 2011-PolyNov 2012 WLNov2013 BCApril 2014 WL



Disney Mommy 3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2010, 09:31 PM   #12
disneymom727
DIS Veteran
 
disneymom727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 615

Quote:
Originally Posted by Disney Mommy 3 View Post
Yes...you NEED 2 days at the MK!! I love it there!! I have a suggestion about that...of course, I read this somewhere,...I didn't come up with it! LOL!! I didn't do this when the kids were little and it probably would have been easier,but instead of doing rides/attractions all one day, and meet & greets the next, divide the MK in half. Do Adventureland, Frontierland,and as much of Fantasyland as you can one day, then Toontown, Tomorrowland, and rerides the next day...that way you can reaally soak it up!! Just a thought! I know you are excited...and I too LOVE lists!!
That's a good idea too. I'll have to run it by DH, mapping out our day has become his domain He likes to get out the map of whichever park we are going to the next day and plan a strategy. He's pretty good at it too, though the parks don't really change that much from trip to trip but he uses those maps to faithfully plan But thanks for the tip it's definitely something to think about.
__________________
OUR LAND & SEA VACATION



disneymom727 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2010, 10:22 AM   #13
mousescrapper
DIS Veteran
 
mousescrapper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chicago Suburbs, IL
Posts: 4,587

it's also really good to have things seperated by GOALS or MUST DO's and then the IF TIME items...

that way you can easitly adjust as you are touring if you need an extra break or something comes up you didn't initally pan for...

if your DH loves maps...

touringplans.com you can go in and create your own touring plan maps and it will plot out on the park map your order of attractions you wish to see on a given day...

not sure if you can do this w/out the subscription to the site...but it is a fun tool!
mousescrapper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2010, 08:43 AM   #14
disneymom727
DIS Veteran
 
disneymom727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 615

Quote:
Originally Posted by mousescrapper View Post
it's also really good to have things seperated by GOALS or MUST DO's and then the IF TIME items...

that way you can easitly adjust as you are touring if you need an extra break or something comes up you didn't initally pan for...

if your DH loves maps...

touringplans.com you can go in and create your own touring plan maps and it will plot out on the park map your order of attractions you wish to see on a given day...

not sure if you can do this w/out the subscription to the site...but it is a fun tool!
This is our current plan! And yes, we've already subscribed to our Touring plans. DH is so funny, with all my over-planning, I think I've created a monster It sure is a lot of fun to do together though.
__________________
OUR LAND & SEA VACATION



disneymom727 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2010, 08:45 AM   #15
disneymom727
DIS Veteran
 
disneymom727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 615

I woke up the morning of 4/19 bright and early ready to make all of our ADR's. That was our 180 day mark and I was more than prepared. I made our first one while I was putting in all my info over the WDW phoneline. Is it just me or does they seem to ask for more information each time I call? I'll stop calling the day they start asking for my weight! Anyway, I finally got through and was able to get EVERYTHING we wanted. I couldn't believe it! I was like a kid on Christmas morning, I was so excited. There would be no calling everyday to find a better time, no praying to get into our fav restaurants. We were set!

OUR PLAN

10/16 Chef Mickey's 6:00

10/17 Ohana 6:00

10/19 Whispering Canyon Cafe 6:30

10/20 T Rex 11:30
Trail's End 6:00

10/21 Akershus 11:00
LeCellier 6:00

10/21 Kona 9:00


Now I realize a few of our choices are not difficult to get into but I was thrilled for those that were. My DH was thrilled that we'd be able to go to LeCellier (his must-do) and Chef Mickey's has become a tradition that we go on the night we arrive. So we are happy campers....well eaters!
__________________
OUR LAND & SEA VACATION



disneymom727 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:54 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.