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Old 02-28-2011, 08:31 AM   #136
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I keep hearing how wonderful Kona is. I'll have to keep that on my must try list. So sad it is over, but at least you have another trip to plan for.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:04 AM   #137
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I read the whole thing, too! You did a great job! Except for making me feel like a slacker since I haven't finished my Dec TR yet!!
I do like being able to add your DOs to my own personal future Disney World To-Do list. Luckily I can already check off a few things like Le Cellier and Candlelight Processional. I also agree that I would probably not go so close to Christmas again. Finding an off time is so much more relaxing and the atmosphere is always going to be great regardless of what the decor looks like.
Thanks and have a great time in September!
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:37 PM   #138
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I liked looking at your souviner pictures. I love the throw, your ornament & reusable bags.
Don't feel bad taking 2 mths to write your TR, it is taking me FOREVER!!!!! I wonder when I'll ever get it done.
I'm very jealous that you're going back in Sept!
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:56 PM   #139
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I keep hearing how wonderful Kona is. I'll have to keep that on my must try list. So sad it is over, but at least you have another trip to plan for.
I think that's the only thing that keeps the Disney Blues at bay, knowing there's another trip to plan!! Kona is yummy, and I really think Jack and I could share the Big kahuna platter and still have food left over!

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I read the whole thing, too! You did a great job! Except for making me feel like a slacker since I haven't finished my Dec TR yet!!
I do like being able to add your DOs to my own personal future Disney World To-Do list. Luckily I can already check off a few things like Le Cellier and Candlelight Processional. I also agree that I would probably not go so close to Christmas again. Finding an off time is so much more relaxing and the atmosphere is always going to be great regardless of what the decor looks like.
Thanks and have a great time in September!
Don't feel like a slacker! I have a job that allows me to spend a LOT of time online, so I really should have had this done sooner, but I like to drag things out (aka procrastinate!)

I agree that the mood is way more relaxed (even though few Disney trips are what I would call "relaxing") in the off season.

I'm glad you liked the Do's! I definitely feel like I learn a lot abotu what to try and not try from other Dissers.

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I liked looking at your souviner pictures. I love the throw, your ornament & reusable bags.
Don't feel bad taking 2 mths to write your TR, it is taking me FOREVER!!!!! I wonder when I'll ever get it done.
I'm very jealous that you're going back in Sept!
I'm so glad I have a September trip to look forward to. In fact, when I would get frustrated or irritated on this trip, I just kept telling myself September will be so much easier!

That throw is the softest blanket I have ever had!!
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:09 PM   #140
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Just finished reading this all and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to your next trip. Have you started your PTR for your Sept trip?
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:08 PM   #141
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Just finished reading this all and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to your next trip. Have you started your PTR for your Sept trip?
Thanks!!

Funny you should ask! I JUST started it!
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:17 PM   #142
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Yaa!!

Thanks for the link! Now I have something new to read!!
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:22 PM   #143
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Great report!

Did I read this right though, you can send your luggage on ME but not ride?
I am flying southwest.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:17 PM   #144
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Great report!

Did I read this right though, you can send your luggage on ME but not ride?
I am flying southwest.
Technically I don't think yo uare supposed to. I KNOW for a fact on the way to WDW you aren't supposed to.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:31 PM   #145
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Did I read this right though, you can send your luggage on ME but not ride?
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Technically I don't think yo uare supposed to. I KNOW for a fact on the way to WDW you aren't supposed to.
Actually at the resorts they have luggage check that is NOT tied to ME. On the way to the resort you have to use ME, but on the way out some airlines allow you to check your bags at the resort. Not all airlines participate, Southwest just started participating late this past year.
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:41 PM   #146
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Finished up reading your last update & final thoughts!!!

Love your souvenirs!!! The jewelry you bought in Italy is sooo pretty!

Glad to hear that you & your sister got the Givency perfume too! I really need to stop by the Basin this trip & get some of those bath bombs for Luke! I think he'd really like them & that Mickey soap was super cute! We always end up with a reuseable tote as well (usually when we get food at our resort to take back to our room!) I actually also buy them to give my nephews Easter treats instead of using a tradition basket or to use as a giftbag for their birthdays! Anything is better with a Disney theme, right?

Your PhotoPass pics at the GF looked beautiful!!!! Did you use them for Christmas cards? I wanted to use ours for my Christmas cards this year but it just didn't happen. LOL I'm thinking I might use this years since we'll be there in September. Gives me a few months to get cards made!

I loved the Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head ornament you got for Jack!!! I almost bought that same one for Luke but he choose the Dinosaur from Toy Story instead. I'm making it a tradition to buy him one a year so I might get the Potato Head one this trip!

Luke was looking over my shoulder & noticed the Buzz Lightyear Potato Head parts! I'm hoping they still have those ones in September! I also want him to get some Minnie/girl parts for our Mrs. Potato Head.

I really can't say enough how much I love how you set up your Trip Report with Do's and Don'ts!!! It was a great way to wrap up your updates & provide lots of advice for your readers!!!

Speaking of your readers, don't feel bad taking 2 months to complete a report...remember I just finished mine from June (only took 8 months!!!) I'll do better next trip, I promise! I think I'm just so depressed after leaving Disney that I don't ever want the trip to end...a trip report is a great way of dragging on the memories!!!

About the ME/luggage thing...I'm not sure if you're supposed to do it or not, but my parents always rent a car & never use the ME bus to transport themselves. But every trip, they check their luggage in with ME and send it off to the airport. They've stayed at AKL every trip & this year they're staying at Pop...I think they're going to miss that luggage counter. (I haven't told them yet that it isn't at the Value resorts. Oops!) Do you happen to know how to do it from the other resorts ? I need to tell them. lol

I'm off to read your PTR!!! I made the first page...a first for me!

Thanks again for all the great tips!!! If we ever go for Christmas, I will surely come back & read your whole report again!!!
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Finished up reading your last update & final thoughts!!!

Love your souvenirs!!! The jewelry you bought in Italy is sooo pretty!

Glad to hear that you & your sister got the Givency perfume too! I really need to stop by the Basin this trip & get some of those bath bombs for Luke! I think he'd really like them & that Mickey soap was super cute! We always end up with a reuseable tote as well (usually when we get food at our resort to take back to our room!) I actually also buy them to give my nephews Easter treats instead of using a tradition basket or to use as a giftbag for their birthdays! Anything is better with a Disney theme, right?

Your PhotoPass pics at the GF looked beautiful!!!! Did you use them for Christmas cards? I wanted to use ours for my Christmas cards this year but it just didn't happen. LOL I'm thinking I might use this years since we'll be there in September. Gives me a few months to get cards made!

I loved the Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head ornament you got for Jack!!! I almost bought that same one for Luke but he choose the Dinosaur from Toy Story instead. I'm making it a tradition to buy him one a year so I might get the Potato Head one this trip!

Luke was looking over my shoulder & noticed the Buzz Lightyear Potato Head parts! I'm hoping they still have those ones in September! I also want him to get some Minnie/girl parts for our Mrs. Potato Head.

I really can't say enough how much I love how you set up your Trip Report with Do's and Don'ts!!! It was a great way to wrap up your updates & provide lots of advice for your readers!!!

Speaking of your readers, don't feel bad taking 2 months to complete a report...remember I just finished mine from June (only took 8 months!!!) I'll do better next trip, I promise! I think I'm just so depressed after leaving Disney that I don't ever want the trip to end...a trip report is a great way of dragging on the memories!!!

About the ME/luggage thing...I'm not sure if you're supposed to do it or not, but my parents always rent a car & never use the ME bus to transport themselves. But every trip, they check their luggage in with ME and send it off to the airport. They've stayed at AKL every trip & this year they're staying at Pop...I think they're going to miss that luggage counter. (I haven't told them yet that it isn't at the Value resorts. Oops!) Do you happen to know how to do it from the other resorts ? I need to tell them. lol

I'm off to read your PTR!!! I made the first page...a first for me!

Thanks again for all the great tips!!! If we ever go for Christmas, I will surely come back & read your whole report again!!!
They had the Buzz pieces for Potato Head last September too, so I am sure they will still have it.

As for the luggage check, they have it at all resorts, without ME, for certain airlines. Here is a link with more info http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq.../subCategory14
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Old 03-20-2011, 01:09 AM   #148
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Hi! I just found your tr from another I was reading. We are taking our 2 year old and staying at cbr next trip! We don't have horribly late nights planned - but even so I've been training my son for a less than normal schedule. I've been letting him stay up late a fee random nights and changing his nap time around.
Our first trip was with my patents, sister, and nephew. I learned the same thing you did and on our last day- split up!! Everyone wanted to experience all the firsts with the kids but neglected to take thier own wants or needs into account. We really had an enjoyable time once we split up and decided that if we travel again with extended family we will stagger it so we have a couple days to ourselves at the end or beginning. Off to check out your ptr!
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Hi! I just found your tr from another I was reading. We are taking our 2 year old and staying at cbr next trip! We don't have horribly late nights planned - but even so I've been training my son for a less than normal schedule. I've been letting him stay up late a fee random nights and changing his nap time around.
Our first trip was with my patents, sister, and nephew. I learned the same thing you did and on our last day- split up!! Everyone wanted to experience all the firsts with the kids but neglected to take thier own wants or needs into account. We really had an enjoyable time once we split up and decided that if we travel again with extended family we will stagger it so we have a couple days to ourselves at the end or beginning. Off to check out your ptr!
I really do like CBR, as long as you get to spend some time there. I think I might have come across as a little negative about it, but really, if you plan on spending some downtime at the resort, CBR is a beautiful choice! Good idea about getting your DS used to a wierd schedule! I wish I had thought to so that! This time around I am planning our schedule around what I know he needs, sleep wise. But since it's a shorter, smaller trip, we have that luxury. It wasn't really an option last time!
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I really do like CBR, as long as you get to spend some time there. I think I might have come across as a little negative about it, but really, if you plan on spending some downtime at the resort, CBR is a beautiful choice! Good idea about getting your DS used to a wierd schedule! I wish I had thought to so that! This time around I am planning our schedule around what I know he needs, sleep wise. But since it's a shorter, smaller trip, we have that luxury. It wasn't really an option last time!
i hope the goofy schedule thing helps. some days we nap late, some days we go to bed late. he was just so cranky almost the minute after bedtime i figured i had to try something.

i wasn't thinking you were negative on CBR , just honest in a helpful way
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