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Old 01-02-2011, 10:09 AM   #76
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Goodness Disney does theming so, so well!!! The details they put into those courses is just unbelievable. Great photos!!! It sounds like a fun night strolling around and then ending with a yummy dinner.
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Oh my... everywhere I turn on the DIS there is talk of NYE 2011 and enabling. Tough to resist!!

It's never even occurred to me to go mini-golfing. The courses look cute. They are Disney owned?

Love the pictures of AKL. And I love your solution of AKL/WL in the winter and BCV the rest of the year. Somehow the right answer is always more visits!

Yikes to your cruise being sold out. I am looking forward to hearing more about your plans!
I know! I am not able to get my head around the fact that Xmas is over yet, let alone next NYE!! HA! But it would be fun I am sure!!!

of COURSE the right answer is more visits!!!! But your F&W and FG show are perfect mid way points each year!! But then staying at BCV makes the most sense!!! SO you'll have to add an extra one!

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The Christmas decorations are just beautiful.
I the tree at the Grand. So pretty. It makes me sad that the new year is here and the decorations have to come down.

BTW, are you still considering a SWW trip?

I know!!! Me too... I don't do it, can't do it, until next weekend, because it is too much of a shock for me... have to go back to work officially as it is! Don't want to be THAT depressed!!

OH wish I could... I am thinking of it, yes... I priced a mod AND a value with the free kids tickets... We don't have passes, so the room discount only isn't the best plan for us... Free Dining wouldn't have been ideal either, just because If I went it would be just me and them, and it would probably be easier on such a short trip to just do it OOP... the free tickets is a good benefit. The cost not too bad, but again not sure I can swing it... we have a big Spring break trip abroad, and the vacation for the Cruise and Vero is expensive... more than our other Disney vacations!! SO I am still wondering... but worried that the availability will go in a second! ...

So we sit. Are you??!!
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I sooo want to go for SWW, but the flights Memorial Day weekend from NYC are RIDICULOUS! The prices are double what we pay in the summer. And I can't use my miles. So, unfortunately, we probably won't go. But, I think we're adding a couple of nights to the beginning of our BLT summer trip at the Grand Floridian.

Did you get a good deal on the cruise?
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I sooo want to go for SWW, but the flights Memorial Day weekend from NYC are RIDICULOUS! The prices are double what we pay in the summer. And I can't use my miles. So, unfortunately, we probably won't go. But, I think we're adding a couple of nights to the beginning of our BLT summer trip at the Grand Floridian.

Did you get a good deal on the cruise?
Oh wow! Grand Floridian! That would be nice... I really enjoyed walking around there last summer, especially.

The flights, wow! We have these $250.00 vouchers that I could use, for two of us, so the flights would mostly pay for themselves... But it is still an expense. You know?

The cruise in February? YES, handsdown, serious deals to be had for a winter getaway. Really. I am convinced about that. The cruise for all of us in June, is not (at least not in my book!) It is inclusive, so that is one thing to consider.... but it is more than our other vacations. However, I remember that this is because we had the APs so I guess the cost of the park tickets for ten days would have brought the cost up... we have a nice spot on the boat, a good deck, and with the ocean view porthole... we didn't do the veranda. I just am too nervous about that still with kids.

So for now, we just enjoy everyone else's plans!!
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Oh wow! Grand Floridian! That would be nice... I really enjoyed walking around there last summer, especially.

The flights, wow! We have these $250.00 vouchers that I could use, for two of us, so the flights would mostly pay for themselves... But it is still an expense. You know?

The cruise in February? YES, handsdown, serious deals to be had for a winter getaway. Really. I am convinced about that. The cruise for all of us in June, is not (at least not in my book!) It is inclusive, so that is one thing to consider.... but it is more than our other vacations. However, I remember that this is because we had the APs so I guess the cost of the park tickets for ten days would have brought the cost up... we have a nice spot on the boat, a good deck, and with the ocean view porthole... we didn't do the veranda. I just am too nervous about that still with kids.

So for now, we just enjoy everyone else's plans!!
I've been wanting to try the GF, but BCV is also calling my name. Disney decisions are so hard to make. And since we have APs, I keep talking myself into a longer stay.

The flights we want from NYC would cost over $1600.00 for the four of us. The dates are blacked out for American Airlines miles. I have a credit with Southwest, but it's not enough to put a huge dent in the expense. Plus, I do not like the no assigned seats set up. They're a great airline, but I need to know I have an assigned seat NEXT TO my nephew.

We're probably leaving from Reagan National in August. I priced out our flights and we can get 5 round trip tickets on Delta for under $750.

I can't wait to read about your cruise. How long is your Feb. cruise?
Vero is such a nice addtion to your June cruise. I've read lots of great things about Vero. Is the price similar to WDW resort prices?
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Great pictures of the mini golf. Have never gone and they are really cute. Love AKL it's nice to wake up and see animals.
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Yum Jiko! I'm taking Don (and the kids too, I suppose ) there before the cruise, I loved it when Mom & I went, I'm sure he's going to love it too.

We played the Winterland course a few years ago, it was lots of fun. Your boys will love it, definitely go back and play sometime!

Count me in on helping to devour that gingerbread roof at the GF! We bought a shingle last year and it was VERY tasty!

Yikes on the cruise being a sell out! I am anxious to hear what that is like though since I'm afraid ours is too - I did a search for it the other day and it said it wasn't available, I'm assuming that means it's sold out.....

Looking forward to reading about MVMCP!
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What a lovely lovely first night!

We were checking out that new drink menu when Blue Zoo made the cut for the May trip, I'm glad to hear it's not too sweet but I think I HAVE to have the burnt orange one. I can't wait to eat there!

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Hey! I just posted over on your TR!!! The GAP!!!! They have them every year... they went on sale, though, so not sure if they still have them... I got a new set for DS5 there... But the ones you see them in from the photos I bought are Mickey (from last year) ... still fit. But they have new ones on sale at the DISNEY site right now... if he can stand Mickey...

Otherwise check out Gap. I can give you the style # to see if they are in a store somewhere random...
We looked at the Gap and they literally didn't have a single pair of big boy jams. I'll check online...I can find cute ones size 8 or smaller but....we are bigger than that these days.

Ok, updated, I checked the GAP and sadly, nothing at all that is a mens style set of pj's. wah. Love that Yacht Club train. Then again I LOVE the Yacht Club.

I may move in there. If only!

BTW we've been loving your eggnog this year

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I've been wanting to try the GF, but BCV is also calling my name. Disney decisions are so hard to make. And since we have APs, I keep talking myself into a longer stay.

The flights we want from NYC would cost over $1600.00 for the four of us. The dates are blacked out for American Airlines miles. I have a credit with Southwest, but it's not enough to put a huge dent in the expense. Plus, I do not like the no assigned seats set up. They're a great airline, but I need to know I have an assigned seat NEXT TO my nephew.

We're probably leaving from Reagan National in August. I priced out our flights and we can get 5 round trip tickets on Delta for under $750.

I can't wait to read about your cruise. How long is your Feb. cruise?
Vero is such a nice addtion to your June cruise. I've read lots of great things about Vero. Is the price similar to WDW resort prices?


UGH! No that kind of air fare is not what you want for a quick trip! I get you and the seating confirmation stuff. That is important for sure... the flights from DC to MCO are very reasonable at certain times of the year, fall in particular. When are your dates? Doesn't your brother live around here? Next time you come down let me know! Maybe we can meet for coffee or something! The Feb cruise is the four night one -- we did three last year. We opted for the four night b/c of the holiday and also when we booked on board last year it was a discount so it was practically the same price. I am looking forward to Vero we have heard LOTS of great stories as well, I think it will be great fun! We rented points, so I think they are about the same as the other resorts...
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Great pictures of the mini golf. Have never gone and they are really cute. Love AKL it's nice to wake up and see animals.
It is neat to be there for that, I agree. It is a great draw for the AK lodge and villas for sure. The Mini golf is something we will have to try for sure!

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Yum Jiko! I'm taking Don (and the kids too, I suppose ) there before the cruise, I loved it when Mom & I went, I'm sure he's going to love it too.

We played the Winterland course a few years ago, it was lots of fun. Your boys will love it, definitely go back and play sometime!
I know our kids would have really liked it -- I hope to take them next trip.. Jiko will be a great dining experience for you before the cruise! How fun! I read you are maybe coming down a night earlier??!! That is awesome!!

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Count me in on helping to devour that gingerbread roof at the GF! We bought a shingle last year and it was VERY tasty!

Yikes on the cruise being a sell out! I am anxious to hear what that is like though since I'm afraid ours is too - I did a search for it the other day and it said it wasn't available, I'm assuming that means it's sold out.....

Looking forward to reading about MVMCP!
That is probably the case, then, yes! I know ours is, if you can't see it on the site, then they have stopped booking it. I was told they could have cancellations (we were snooping around for a room upgrade possibly... (we wanted to consider it as an option) but doesn't look like we'll have that luck... I am a little worried but I have read a few reports where sold out didn't seem to be a problem in terms of interfering with the enjoyment of the cruise...

I loved that gingerbread, too!

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What a lovely lovely first night!

We were checking out that new drink menu when Blue Zoo made the cut for the May trip, I'm glad to hear it's not too sweet but I think I HAVE to have the burnt orange one. I can't wait to eat there!



We looked at the Gap and they literally didn't have a single pair of big boy jams. I'll check online...I can find cute ones size 8 or smaller but....we are bigger than that these days.

Ok, updated, I checked the GAP and sadly, nothing at all that is a mens style set of pj's. wah. Love that Yacht Club train. Then again I LOVE the Yacht Club.

I may move in there. If only!

BTW we've been loving your eggnog this year
BOOOO about the PJs!!! I swear they had a 8-10 size.. they run large, really. my 8 yr old is still in the 6-7 size... they are long. I think they had them up to 12 actually. But they do them every year. So maybe they will have others...?

I love the Yacht Club train too.... I like the Yacht club atmosphere, I can't wait to hear what you think of it!!!

The Burnt orange margarita is quite tasty. I bet you'd like it. That and the blood orange margarita -- they have that in a few of the restaurants... flying fish and a few others.. I know I saw it in Mexico at the WS!
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Jiko will be a great dining experience for you before the cruise! How fun! I read you are maybe coming down a night earlier??!! That is awesome!!
Yes! I was SHOCKED that Don agreed to it. As of right now, the plan is to leave home on Monday Memorial Day and drive to Atlanta. We'll spend Tuesday there, the boys want to go to a Braves game, then we head south to Orlando on Wednesday, hoping to meet up with CP that afternoon/evening.
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See, there are two things to put on your NYE trip agenda - golfing and roof-eating.

And did I read the word 'if'???
Leave your door unlocked tomorrow when you go to school.
I'm coming by to throw some more nickels under your couch cushions.
I could probably use those nickels for the NYE Disney fund. I cleaned out my wallet of loose change and cash and put it in the Disney jar last night.

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SO I am still wondering... but worried that the availability will go in a second! ...

So we sit.
Remember -- you could always book just to have it, and then cancel it before the 45-day cutoff if you can't swing it.

(Okay, I'll stop nagging now. )

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Yes! I was SHOCKED that Don agreed to it. As of right now, the plan is to leave home on Monday Memorial Day and drive to Atlanta. We'll spend Tuesday there, the boys want to go to a Braves game, then we head south to Orlando on Wednesday, hoping to meet up with CP that afternoon/evening.
I am so excited about this, Michelle!
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UGH! No that kind of air fare is not what you want for a quick trip! I get you and the seating confirmation stuff. That is important for sure... the flights from DC to MCO are very reasonable at certain times of the year, fall in particular. When are your dates? Doesn't your brother live around here? Next time you come down let me know! Maybe we can meet for coffee or something! The Feb cruise is the four night one -- we did three last year. We opted for the four night b/c of the holiday and also when we booked on board last year it was a discount so it was practically the same price. I am looking forward to Vero we have heard LOTS of great stories as well, I think it will be great fun! We rented points, so I think they are about the same as the other resorts...
Not at all!

We're either leaving the DC area August 10 or 11 (I booked 3 nights at BCV to cover both dates), we'll move to BLT for 10 nights on August 13 and return to DC on August 23, the day after our APs expire

My brother lives in Maryland. I'm there often. We definitely should meet for coffee

I'd love to do a Disney cruise. When's the best time to book? Any recommendations for websites or books for pre-cruise research?

Vero looks absolutely wonderful. Lots to do, while still relaxing. Did you book a 1 bedroom?
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What a lovely start to your tr, we too have a disney filled house This year DD2 has taken a great liking to it and we have had to shift the bottom half of the decorations We also collect items on each trip. DD1 was really impressed with your cookies, we are on the look out for a mickey cookie cutter now, she has lots of ideas!

Your trip sounds really relaxing and oh the weather was a real hit, we had family over in November and they had a real mix bag

Christmas morning looks very relaxing in your house, we had a very early start but was a lovely day

Blue Zoo sounds like an ideal destintation when you have some free time, not planning for this year as we are patiently awaiting october 2012 sailings being announced so once they are out it will be full steam ahead. We should have a free night so maybe pop in to Blue Zoo before california grill

Your feb cruise will be here before you know it, look forward to your pics of party
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I could probably use those nickels for the NYE Disney fund. I cleaned out my wallet of loose change and cash and put it in the Disney jar last night.
That sounds like a great strategy!!!

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Remember -- you could always book just to have it, and then cancel it before the 45-day cutoff if you can't swing it.

(Okay, I'll stop nagging now. )
I know I know! Trust me, I know!

But I am UUUUBBBBER jealous that you get to have a meet with Soonergirl and her family!!! Yay for a triple whammy DISmeet, Michelle, Anita, and Jackie!!! Great opportunity!

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I am so excited about this, Michelle!
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Not at all!

We're either leaving the DC area August 10 or 11 (I booked 3 nights at BCV to cover both dates), we'll move to BLT for 10 nights on August 13 and return to DC on August 23, the day after our APs expire
THAT is a mega trip!!! Thirteen nights??!! WOOT! Two weeks? You'll get it all in!!! We did that last year when ours expired, it was a fab trip.

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I'd love to do a Disney cruise. When's the best time to book? Any recommendations for websites or books for pre-cruise research?

Vero looks absolutely wonderful. Lots to do, while still relaxing. Did you book a 1 bedroom?
I would tell you that Cruisestogo (I think thiat is what it is called) is a great site, b/c they allow you to peruse all the cruises and the prices that they have. However, I was able to get a match on the Disney site, so I am not sure at what point they have a deal -- maybe those cruises that are getting close to booking time? Check it out.

The Jan/Feb/March time and the fall are good times for the value -- b/c the weather is iffy-er... In the fall, possible rain, hurricane stuff... but that is only possible, of course. We went on a 7 day Dis cruise several years ago in October and it was fabulous. I think the weather is not as risky in October. Like in FL in general.. the Feb cruise we went on last year was great. Nice weather. Warm, but not summer warm. However, a far cry from what we have here, and last year, the snow!!!

I am excited to go next month! six weeks away!!

Check out the DIS cruise thread, and also the Disney Cruise page on Allears.... we booked the two cruises we are going on this year last February b/c they give an onboard incentive/discount if you book a cruise before you disembark .... but really great deals in the winter are only a click away!!! It is the flight down that you have to consider as well, but I don't think they were too costly for us...

Anyhow, hope this helps!!!
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