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Old 07-17-2011, 09:45 PM   #16
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I've never been at Christmas either, but I have heard about the cast parties during the first couple weeks--seems to always change when they have them exactly, but yes, the parks would close at 6 usually instead of 8 or 9 on on early night. We usually aren't in the parks past 10... but 6 is a tad early.

Christmas decor usually goes up (from what I have heard) mid-way through November... so I hope you get to see it all decorated!!
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OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:30 AM   #17
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Booked!



So excited!

I've officially booked our trip!

We're going Dec 5th-10th 2012... and so far I have a standard view room at the PP booked, with 6 day hoppers, and 1 regular and 1 premium character meal (we do love our character meals!!)

Total is: $2575, and the deposit was $200... balance due on November 5th, 2012 is $2375. Oh, and I already have a $250 gift card for food. Need to get a couple more of those, I figure food will run us $800 for the trip, usually $50 per person per day, and I am subtracting only $100 for the character meals to be safe.

Now, the waiting game... when it gets closer and they start making deals, I will upgrade to a theme park room, or if the deal is good enough over to GCH.

I usually book through costco travel, but I couldn't book this far out with them, and I am not great at just saving the $$ in my account and paying later... I'd rather make payments as we go from now till November 2012. Plus I am paying on a trip to Mexico for next June... so every other paycheck, some $$ will go to Disney.

Can't wait to see what goodies they come up with for this Christmas.... will help my planning for next year!!

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OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:46 AM   #18
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Sounds like you are going to have a great trip. I hope you do not mind me hopping on and reading! We will be going around the same time next year as well. We are going to do a large family trip.

cant wait to read more!
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:28 PM   #19
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Welcome Princess Zelda! Of course I don't mind you popping in and reading! Obviously I am not the only long-term planner!

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OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:09 PM   #20
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Thanks! Yeah I am a planner for sure. I just like to have things in order. It also helps with my Disney fever.
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:30 PM   #21
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You can add one more person following along who will be going to disneyland around the same time as you! Can't wait!
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:20 AM   #22
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Welcome DisneytheKid! I'm getting excited for the information for this year to come out... not that it will really help my planning for next year, but more so I can analyze what plan I would have with that info... I know, I am so weird!
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OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:25 PM   #23
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Made another payment, $2175 is what I owe now... Can't believe it is September already... We are ever so close to the one year mark, and then I can start looking at flights!
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OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:43 PM   #24
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Bit the Bullet

Okay, so I got an offer from Disney Rewards Visa.... a free $200 gift card with any purchase if I sign up for their card. So, I did... $200 toward my food budget done... well, will be done as soon as I get the card, make the purchase, and they send me the gift card. And, since I will be paying off my Mexico trip this summer with our tax return in March, I think I will actually use the card to pay it off, and then pay off the card with my tax return, so I can get more points. We don't usually use our credit cards, just our debit, so I want to rack up some more points before our trip in just under a year and 2 months... so I think this is how I can do it!
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Walt's Park:Two trips as a kid, stayed off-site. Oct '07, 4 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. May '08, 5 days "girls only trip" @ GCH dm, dd & I. May '09, 6 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. October '10, 5 day trip, dd and I @ PPH. And 6 days at PPH--December 5-10, 2012 for all 3 of us!

OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:12 PM   #25
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OMG! Got my Disney Visa today!!! $200 gift card after 1st purchase... so check out my math:

Total is: $2575, and the deposit was $200, plus I made an additional payment of $200... balance due on November 5th, 2012 is $2175. And I have to pay for airfare, which will probably run us $600 total. Oh, and I already have a $250 gift card for food. I figure food will run $800, plus I have a couple character vouchers.

If I put the balance of this trip, plus the balance of our upcoming Mexico trip on the card (I'll wait and charge these right before we get our 2 yearly bonuses + our tax return), I'll have another $75 in disney rewards $$, that's $525 toward our food budget that I'll have covered, and only $275 left to save!

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Walt's Park:Two trips as a kid, stayed off-site. Oct '07, 4 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. May '08, 5 days "girls only trip" @ GCH dm, dd & I. May '09, 6 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. October '10, 5 day trip, dd and I @ PPH. And 6 days at PPH--December 5-10, 2012 for all 3 of us!

OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)

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Old 11-19-2011, 09:21 PM   #26
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Just gotta say I am loving reading all the Christmas stuff on the main forum... and I am soooo excited that we are almost at the 1 year mark, and I really wish it was just a two-week mark... But that's okay...

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OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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Just gotta say I am loving reading all the Christmas stuff on the main forum... and I am soooo excited that we are almost at the 1 year mark, and I really wish it was just a two-week mark... But that's okay...

I know the feeling. I can not wait until next year when we will be in the parks!
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:31 PM   #28
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I just figured out that I have enough alaska miles to get free tix for all of us! That's a $600 savings! Unfortunately, it means not flying Jet Blue which I love dearly. But I like Alaska second best, so it'll work!

I can't book my tix quite yet... in another week I can... and the Alaska flights are:

12/5 @ 7:15 am PDX-SNA arriving at 9:38 am which means we'll be in the parks around 11 after we check in at the hotel!

Then leaving 12/10 at 2:10 pm arriving at PDX at 4:34 pm, and we'll be all the way home by 6:30 pm which is good, because we all will have work and or school the next day.

Can't believe it's almost time to get my airfare!
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Walt's Park:Two trips as a kid, stayed off-site. Oct '07, 4 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. May '08, 5 days "girls only trip" @ GCH dm, dd & I. May '09, 6 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. October '10, 5 day trip, dd and I @ PPH. And 6 days at PPH--December 5-10, 2012 for all 3 of us!

OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:58 PM   #29
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Booked my airfare!!

Okay, so I thought I'd be able to get my tix for free with miles, and I could have, if we left to come home on the 6:30ish flight... but with school & work the next day, that wasn't such a good idea.

So, I got hubby's tix for free, and got DD's and mine at a reduced price. Grand total for 3 RT PDX-SNA was $307.

Now, the best deal I have ever scored was on Jet Blue and it was $59 each way... which was $354. And the current actual ticket price for our flights is $682. So I will gladly pay $307. I do wish it was completely free... but I figure I saved $$ anyway.
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Walt's Park:Two trips as a kid, stayed off-site. Oct '07, 4 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. May '08, 5 days "girls only trip" @ GCH dm, dd & I. May '09, 6 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. October '10, 5 day trip, dd and I @ PPH. And 6 days at PPH--December 5-10, 2012 for all 3 of us!

OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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Well about 7 months to go, and so much news about cars land is coming out and the new Carthay circle restaurant! Now I think we can actually plan on doing princess lunch and c.c. Dinner for the woc tickets. I am sure it will be spendy... Sounds like we'll need to order an appy, 3 entrees, and 2 desserts to get all of us woc passes. But I am sure it will be worth it... I've never really been a fan of the wct menu, but was willing to brave it, so we didnt have to do Ariel's twice (princesses and non princesses) but now that the woc dinner won't be available at Ariel's, I am glad there will be another choice. Oh! And I read about cinnamon churros with chocolate dip at the cones, and I must have those too!
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Walt's Park:Two trips as a kid, stayed off-site. Oct '07, 4 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. May '08, 5 days "girls only trip" @ GCH dm, dd & I. May '09, 6 days @ DLH, dh, dd & I. October '10, 5 day trip, dd and I @ PPH. And 6 days at PPH--December 5-10, 2012 for all 3 of us!

OMG--dare I say it? We went to the World!! Split Stay! CSR May 6-10 and AKL Savannah View May 10-13, 2014 (with a dash of the Darkside thrown in for good measure the 13th & 14th.)
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