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Old 11-13-2010, 07:54 PM   #1
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Talking Jan '11 PTR-Plane Tickets, Yet No Room Reservation: 1/31 update

Yes, you read that correctly! We have our plane tickets, but have not made our room reservations yet. Who are we?

For my soon to be "new friends," here is our cast:



Me: Disney crazy teacher- if you know me, you know I LOVE Disney World!

DH: Disney crazy mail carrier - you wouldn't know his passion, but he does have a Mickey antenae topper (with a Christmas one in his glove box- thanks to dear friends who just returned with them for us!) As a Dis friend pointed out, check out the hidden Mickey!


DD and DD: Eight year old twins (soon to be nine)- they too love WDW, but do not advertise like their mom (I own a collection of Disney T-shirts; they do not.)


So on to the explanation:

We own DVC February use year. DH can't get vacation approval until 60 days out (except for summer vacation). I can't move our points into Jan in case we can't go until Feb. So, I will be calling member services in 14 days to book any DVC studio available. This is an interesting wait to a Disney planning addict. It is also like playing resort roulette - whatever is available is ours.

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Old 11-13-2010, 07:55 PM   #2
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Table of Contents

In case you want to know us better:

PTR July 2010 The Plan Needs Pixie Dust: DVC, Minivan & Twins Included
TR - July 2010 Trip: Twins, Minivan, DVC and Pixie Dust Included

Table of Contents
12/30 Magical Delivery
12/27 - Day 3
12/27 - Disney Christmas12/21 - Day 2
12/5 Trip Report: A Day in Philadelphia
11/27 - Where to stay? Where to stay?
11/13 - What is one of the most important details in planning? Dining of course!
Dining at BLT just in case...

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Old 11-13-2010, 08:44 PM   #3
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What is one of the most important details in planning? Dining of course!

We are about 75 days away, can we get ADRs?

No worries, I did book a couple, but I am going to cancel them. We are going to eat counter service.

This trip cannot be a budget buster, so I have to think carefully about the food costs. Our trip is 4 nights, 3-1/2 days...not much time to spare for dining. For those who don't know us yet, we are commando in the parks.

I calculated dining plan options: QS = $376 Reg = $464. An $88 difference for four table-service meals. This would be a no brainer except the time issue.

Do I want to devote the time to four table meals? Nope. Choice made. Now, do I pay for the dining plan or not? Well, I just looked up if the mug is still included in the QS for 2011 and yes, folks it is...okay, this just sold me on the dining plan. ($60 worth of mugs...I don't think that we will drink $60 worth out of the mugs, but this does mean that we might be able to get some waters with a meal or two...I also have a mug to fill with creamer to store in our room's fridge. This option is priceless.)

DH and I think that based on past experience, we can share meals with our girls and extend our counter and snack credits to cover breakfasts, too.

Now, no worries, I know that ADRs are such a fun part of reading PTR. I will instead plan out our counter service options!

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Old 11-14-2010, 07:40 AM   #4
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Joining your trip report Debby! Did you realize the pumpkins are a hidden Mickey that your DH is carrying!
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:11 AM   #5
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Joining your trip report Debby! Did you realize the pumpkins are a hidden Mickey that your DH is carrying!
Welcome! I hadn't noticed; DH is going to get a kick out of it!
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:41 PM   #6
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Only Eleven days until I can reveal where we are staying.

In the meantime, I am planning dining options for our stay at BLT. DH and I decided that we would splurge on a stay at BLT this trip; the points are a bit higher than other properties. Clearly, this would require pixie dust at two months out, but...just in case...

We arrive on Wed night - late. I figure we can hit the Contempo Cafe and fill our mugs with creamer for my coffee and milk or OJ. I plan on bringing a couple of my quart sized rubbermaid water containers. Then, we can take our drinks back to the room and store the beverages in the fridge until morning.

Thursday AM - Early Hour at MK. We will have to be at Contempo at 7AM opening to get a quick breakfast. I will bring two mugs for us to share in order to get water bottles for later. (Carrying two mugs in our backpack won't be an issue/ four mugs might be.)

We will lunch and snack at MK; I'm not sure if I want to go to Fantasmic or not...it is at 6:30. If we do, we probably will get something at Studio Catering Co to take in and eat while we wait. I wonder if we can see Fantasmic and make it back in time to watch the fireworks from Top of the World?

Daytime view from our tour this past summer


Fireworks from Carolinayankee on smugmug (I hope it is okay that I posted it- it wasn't locked on smugmug and I am giving credit)



Contempo Cafe pic from The Examiner.com
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Contempo hours
Grab and Go 6am to midnight
breakfast 7am to 11am
lunch 11am to 10pm
dinner 5pm to 10pm

After reading a review on AllEars, I would have to say that I will try to fit in a lunch or dinner at Contempo. The menu looks good!
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:22 PM   #7
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Hey Deb! I'm here!!! This is so fun!!!
Good luck on BLT - I can't wait to hear what you get. But, going in January/February and it not being so crowded should make it easier to get what you want, right?
And I'm thinking if ANYONE can get from Fantasmic to TOTW fireworks in one night, it will be you guys...
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Hey Deb! I'm here!!! This is so fun!!!
Good luck on BLT - I can't wait to hear what you get. But, going in January/February and it not being so crowded should make it easier to get what you want, right?
And I'm thinking if ANYONE can get from Fantasmic to TOTW fireworks in one night, it will be you guys...
Thanks for the smiles. I am hoping that the low time should help get any room.
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So, what does a Disney fan in limbo, who happens to be a teacher, do on a typical Tuesday? She uses a bit of Disney in her class.

My students are beginning a unit where they explore the question: How does fear impact freedom? So, to introduce the question to them, I put it on a powerpoint slide with a picture of Lotso-Huggin- Bear. I had the slide projected on the screen with "You've Got a Friend in Me" playing from the speakers in my ceiling (I love my newly refurbed classroom!).

I asked them to answer the question using Lotso...

It went really well; my kids thought critically, they enjoyed having a kid moment, and I included two passions in one day: teaching and Disney!
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The PTR title caught my eye from Queen's TR!! We're going in Dec and booked our Free Dining + AP Room only (one night) less than 45 days before check-in. It all had to do with our CM discount room being messed up and needing to be canceled so I know the feeling of booking late in the game!! For us, we were lucky to land WL for Free Dining at 35 days till check-in which is our fav resort, but I know how the waiting game is and weighing all of the options which we did between WDW discounts and my AP ones!!

Anyways, I'm in too!! I can't wait to read more!! I'm also a teacher. I teach Pre-K now but I'm still in the process of passing my last Praxis exam to get my teaching cert!

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The PTR title caught my eye from Queen's TR!! We're going in Dec and booked our Free Dining + AP Room only (one night) less than 45 days before check-in. It all had to do with our CM discount room being messed up and needing to be canceled so I know the feeling of booking late in the game!! For us, we were lucky to land WL for Free Dining at 35 days till check-in which is our fav resort, but I know how the waiting game is and weighing all of the options which we did between WDW discounts and my AP ones!!

Anyways, I'm in too!! I can't wait to read more!! I'm also a teacher. I teach Pre-K now but I'm still in the process of passing my last Praxis exam to get my teaching cert!

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Welcome! WL in December is going to be fabulous! How long are you staying?

Good luck on the Praxis! Are you taking it soon?
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Welcome! WL in December is going to be fabulous! How long are you staying?

Good luck on the Praxis! Are you taking it soon?
Thanks! We've stayed at WL 7 or 8 times so far and love it, if only it were on the monorail loop

Thanks I took it last weekend..it was my 8th time taking the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment exam. I'm anywhere from a point-5 points from passing so I would just like the drama of this 3 year headache to be over with! My plan is to get my cert and move to FL to teach.
(I'm originally from PA too!..North of Pittsburgh, Butler)

Can't wait to see what you come up with for a resort!
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Thanks! We've stayed at WL 7 or 8 times so far and love it, if only it were on the monorail loop

Thanks I took it last weekend..it was my 8th time taking the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment exam. I'm anywhere from a point-5 points from passing so I would just like the drama of this 3 year headache to be over with! My plan is to get my cert and move to FL to teach.
(I'm originally from PA too!..North of Pittsburgh, Butler)

Can't wait to see what you come up with for a resort!
I hope you get good news when you find out your scores! We are far from Pittsburgh--about 20 minutes from DE state line and 30 from Maryland.

I can't wait to see where we end up too!
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Hip Hip Hooray!

So, over dinner while I was asking DH if his boss can approve his vacation first thing the morning of the 26th (no, it has to be end of the day), he asked what time we fly home Monday. I told him we fly home Sun, but I can change it. (I made this request a couple of weeks ago and he didn't want to use more points. I don't mind using more points...life could be short.) He agreed that I could change it.

All done...flight at 10:45 Monday. So, we have one more full day! Hip, Hip Hooray! (It happens to be late night EMH at MK too!)
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Thanks! We've stayed at WL 7 or 8 times so far and love it, if only it were on the monorail loop

Thanks I took it last weekend..it was my 8th time taking the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment exam. I'm anywhere from a point-5 points from passing so I would just like the drama of this 3 year headache to be over with! My plan is to get my cert and move to FL to teach.
(I'm originally from PA too!..North of Pittsburgh, Butler)

Can't wait to see what you come up with for a resort!

Butler caught my eye - we are from Allison Park, just south.

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So, over dinner while I was asking DH if his boss can approve his vacation first thing the morning of the 26th (no, it has to be end of the day), he asked what time we fly home Monday. I told him we fly home Sun, but I can change it. (I made this request a couple of weeks ago and he didn't want to use more points. I don't mind using more points...life could be short.) He agreed that I could change it.

All done...flight at 10:45 Monday. So, we have one more full day! Hip, Hip Hooray! (It happens to be late night EMH at MK too!)

How fun! I usually try to wangle extra days too! I agree, can't wait to see where you will be staying.
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