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Old 03-29-2011, 12:41 PM   #16
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Our Disney vacation starts Tuesday, May 31st at 8:30am, BUT our trip actually starts on Friday, May 27th. My extended family always has a family reunion the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, so we’ll be going down to Florida for that anyway. We thought it made sense to group that trip with our Disney trip and save a little bit of gas money. It’s not the same region of Florida, but still Florida. We live in north Georgia, so Friday we’ll be traveling down to my sister’s house in south Georgia. We’ll stay the night there and do the family reunion thing on Saturday.
Sunday will be spent with my sister and her family in south Georgia, but we might try to convince my dad that we need to do an immediate family excursion to the beach while we’re near it! If we can work it all out, we’ll stay Saturday and Sunday night at the beach. Still not holding my breath on that, but I think it’d be nice!
Monday, Memorial Day we’ll be driving down to Orlando. We wanted to avoid the crowds at WDW on Memorial Day, but still take advantage of the free dining offer, so that’s the solution we came up with. I know it’ll still be busy… and hot, but we didn’t want to even attempt it with 2 toddlers on Memorial Day!
We’re staying Monday (30th) night with my cousin in Orlando. We’re lucky to have some family in the area, so we don’t have to pay for an off site hotel that night. We wanted to get the most we could out of our vacation, so our vacation starts at 8:30am that Tuesday morning with breakfast at…. Cinderella’s Royal Table!

An overview of our itinerary and ADRs:
*Monday, May 30th- travel, maybe Downtown Disney if we have time after we get settled in at my cousin’s house.
*Tuesday, May 31st- Magic Kingdom. ADRs- CRT at 8:30am and Crystal Palace at 3:30pm
*Wednesday, June 1st- Epcot. ADR at Biergarten at 6:50pm, CS for lunch
*Thursday, June 2nd- Magic Kingdom, ADRs- Chef Mickey’s at 11am and Whispering Canyon Café at 5pm
*Friday, June 3rd- Animal Kingdom, ADRs- Yak & Yeti at 12pm and Rainforest Café at 6:15pm
*Saturday, June 4th- Hollywood Studios, ADR- 50’s Primetime Café at 5:20pm, Pizza Planet (CS) for lunch

I forgot to mention, we’re staying at the All Star Movie Resort. So with the “free dining” we got the quick service dining included, but we decided to upgrade all the way to the Deluxe dining plan for a few reasons. We have 5 full days, but only 4 nights of the package (and thus dining), so we have more meals to account for. Both of our children are under 3, so we don’t have to pay for them, but they’re also not included in the dining plan. So we wanted the extra food (appetizers at sit down meals) and extra snacks to help feed them. Lastly, we’re doing a breakfast at Cinderella’s Table, so that used 2 credits, so even upgrading to the regular dining plan didn’t provide us with all the meals we needed. So… deluxe it is!
So how does it look? I made the ADR for Cinderella’s Table back in November and everything else sort of went around that. Chef Mickey’s was made months ago too, and then just about 2-3 weeks ago is when we decided to upgrade from the dining plan to the deluxe, so I went crazy trying to figure out what other ADRs we wanted.
I’ve only been on this site for about a month or so and it’s SO great. You can really find the answer to just about anything here. I have lots of plans in the works, so I think I’m going to enjoy having a PTR to update to help keep all my thoughts together and help pass the time

Coming up- Touring “plan” and other activities.
Something I just noticed about your ADR list - Rainforest Cafe doesn't take the dining plan (well it does - but only for platinum or premium). With the Deluxe DDP you will be paying OOP for your RC meal.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:45 PM   #17
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Your touring plans sound great so far! I like the way you have stars next to the must see attractions.

Love all the shopping purchases, especially the shoulder bag
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:38 PM   #18
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Something I just noticed about your ADR list - Rainforest Cafe doesn't take the dining plan (well it does - but only for platinum or premium). With the Deluxe DDP you will be paying OOP for your RC meal.
When I did the search for restaurants I clicked on the option to include only restaurants on the dining plan... I guess it includes the platinum/premium? I guess I know what I'm doing tonight!

Animal Kingdom closes at 6 that night, so we had planned on staying till close, then eating. Maybe we'll go to DTD or something

I was going to do Day 2's update tonight, but only if I figure out where I'm using that DP credit now!
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:08 PM   #19
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pause from freaking out and trying to find a new ADR to thank you Finding out now is a lot better than finding out after being charged for the meal!
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:25 PM   #20
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Crisis averted! Only a small change to our itinerary Instead of Rainforest Cafe at 6:15, we'll be at Boma at 6:25. Andrew laughed at my for being stressed out about it. He's lucky he has me to plan his vacations for him!
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:27 PM   #21
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pause from freaking out and trying to find a new ADR to thank you Finding out now is a lot better than finding out after being charged for the meal!
You're welcome! I noticed it because we too have an ADR for RC (only in DTD). I knew that we would be paying oop for that one, and when I saw it on your list I got nervous for you! lol

Just saw that you replaced it w/ a Boma ressie - we have one there too, also on our AK day! I have read so many great Boma reviews, can't wait to try it out myself!!
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:37 AM   #22
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Just saw that you replaced it w/ a Boma ressie - we have one there too, also on our AK day! I have read so many great Boma reviews, can't wait to try it out myself!!

I've read a lot of good things about it, and a couple we're friends with love it... the menu didn't sound that great to me, so I went with RC originally. Since I had to change it though I figured I would be adventurous I'm usually not very picky with my food and I like to try new things, so hopefully we'll like it! I'm really looking forward to trying the zebra domes... everyone seems to love them!
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:44 AM   #23
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Day 2



Day 2- Epcot (open 9-9)
Must Dos-
Turtle Talk/The Seas*
Boat ride in Mexico
Character Spot*
Spaceship Earth
Innovations
The Land Pavillion
Soarin’ (baby swap)

Breakfast in room before we leave
Get to park a little before 9am
Get Fast Pass for Soarin’
Rides- Turtle Talk, The Seas, The Land, Mexico
Stop for lunch (any recommendations for a great CS lunch at Epcot???)
Go back to hotel after lunch for naps/swimming
Back to park
Rides- Spaceship Earth, Character Spot, ride Soarin’ (baby swap) Innovations, Mexico (if didn’t have time before or if we have time and the girls want to)
stop for characters as we see them
Dinner- 6:50pm at Biergarten in Germany
Illuminations if the girls are up to it
Head back to hotel for the night

Typing this out made me realize that I don’t really know how the baby swap works. Can we use fast passes and do a baby swap? Do we have to get passes for baby swap before we get on? Maybe my readers can enlighten me There are only a few rides that we really want to ride that we’re willing to wait in line with toddlers for!




on a side note, Alexis (the 2 1/2 y/o) really enjoys the smiley faces on the side of the screen in the full editor especially this one and this one .
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:49 AM   #24
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Star Wars shirts

I found this one on esty for my girls



It says there's only one available and I'd really like to get matching shirts for the girls, so I contacted her to see if she has more than 1. Also it's only $8, plus shipping, so not too bad!
Oh and she has them available in tshirts too, my 3 year old isn't gonna wear a onesie

I might have to check out Michaels and Joann's though because I'm pretty sure her shirts are just iron ons that you can get at a craft store, so if I can find them myself I could do them really cheap!
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:28 AM   #25
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Subbing!! I'm arriving may 30 and I have a couple days planned that same as you. I also have CRT on Tuesday and yak and yeti on Friday except mine are a little later! Bcant wait to read more!
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Before our first trip, we spent a ton of time on youtube. there are tons of ride videos on there to help prepare/ excite the kids!

If you have a hobby lobby, it typically has tons more disney scrapbook materials than michaels.

i saw that you found those white tees on etsy. here are another couple of options if you have a childrens place/ order online from childrens place (there are usually coupons for them too) both these were in the toddler boy section, and there was one or two in big boys too.



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Old 03-30-2011, 05:09 PM   #27
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Subbing!! I'm arriving may 30 and I have a couple days planned that same as you. I also have CRT on Tuesday and yak and yeti on Friday except mine are a little later! Bcant wait to read more!
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Before our first trip, we spent a ton of time on youtube. there are tons of ride videos on there to help prepare/ excite the kids!

If you have a hobby lobby, it typically has tons more disney scrapbook materials than michaels.

i saw that you found those white tees on etsy. here are another couple of options if you have a childrens place/ order online from childrens place (there are usually coupons for them too) both these were in the toddler boy section, and there was one or two in big boys too.
Thanks for the tips! I'll definitely get on youtube soon with my girls. Alexis (2.5 y/o) loves looking at pictures while I'm reading TRs (yes, I do it that often that it's something she "loves" ), but I hadn't thought about youtube!
We live in a kinda small town, so the closet Hobby Lobby is 30 minutes away... I'll keep that in mind though, next time I go that direction!
I went ahead and bought those white ones. TCP shirts are cute though!
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:23 PM   #28
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Day 3


Day 3- MK #2 Extra Magic Hours 8-9am 9-10pm

This is the 2nd day at MK, so a lot less structured. Mainly just doing things we haven't done yet or anything that the girls really loved the 1st time

Must dos-
Main Street Bakery*
Dumbo*
Monster’s Laugh Floor*

-Small snack in room before leaving (our girls expect to eat as soon as they wake up)
-Rope drop! (I'd love to do this, but if the girls aren't awake in time we might not make it. The only rope drop we absolutely HAVE to make is DHS on Saturday for Star Wars Weekend!
-Straight to Dumbo
-Main Street Bakery for a cinnamon roll (*drool*)
-Monsters Laugh Floor
-Monorail to Contemporary for 11am ADR at Chef Mickey’s
-back to hotel for naps/swimming
-Anything the girls really liked, ride again or anything we didn’t get around to
-boat to Whispering Canyon Café ADR 5pm
-Campfire singalong with Chip and Dale 7pm (maybe 8pm?) Everything I’ve read says it changes to 8pm some time in April, but I called and asked and the CM looked it up and told me 7pm…. We’ll see. If it doesn’t start till 8, we’ll probably just skip it and go back to the park for a few more rides before calling it a night


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That zebra bag is cute!

My DH is a big Star Wars fan, too, as are the kids now, so we are looking forward to Star Wars Weekends! Can't wait to ride Star Tours again, either....I'm just preparing myself now for the line...

Those Toy Story stickers are cute, too!
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Can't wait to ride Star Tours again, either....I'm just preparing myself now for the line...
Oh man, I know... I might end up not riding it and just let DH ride it while I do something else with the girls. I know they have the rider swap, but to wait in line with 2 toddlers for a ride they can't ride seems like torture for all of us
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