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Old 12-04-2012, 09:26 AM   #781
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Our local AAA office is having a travel photography class this weekend and I have registered for my DD and I to attend
Thanks for the tip - I need to see if our AAA office offers something similar.
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Let's all take a moment to celebrate Walt Disney's birthday today - for without him, we would not have the Disney experiences we've had and are yet to come.

Thanks, Walt! May your legacy continue.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:27 AM   #783
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Let's all take a moment to celebrate Walt Disney's birthday today - for without him, we would not have the Disney experiences we've had and are yet to come.

Thanks, Walt! May your legacy continue.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:28 AM   #784
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I just ordered this Pacsafe item from amazon for the trip. I will probably wrap it for myself for Christmas Amazon had a facebook "claim this offer" for $5 off $25 plus free shipping, so it was within my budget.

Now to just find one thing to wrap for DH and Zachary for Christmas and my holiday shopping should be complete. We aren't doing much for Christmas because of the trip, but I think it would stink to not have ANYTHING to unwrap on Christmas. Last year we took a cruise, so that was different as the cruise was our Christmas (but still delivered for the boys). is bringing the boys a video game each, but I want them to also have one thing from us. Nathan has asked for a box of tissues. Funny boy - but serious allergies, so useful, too! They are getting cash from grandparents and their uncle so they can buy whatever else it is they are wanting.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #785
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I was just looking on the DCL website at some of the shore excursions, as they seem to have been posted more..

It's interesting that a lot of the Rome ones say, and I quote "
This tour is not available for the Disney Magic 12 Night Venice cruises as the Vatican Museums are not available to private groups. "

So... do *any*(?) of the tours go to the Vatican..

We're actually there June 30, 2013 (Sunday), and the Vatican Museum website says they are 'Open'.. so.. I'm confused.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:06 PM   #786
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I was just looking on the DCL website at some of the shore excursions, as they seem to have been posted more..

It's interesting that a lot of the Rome ones say, and I quote "
This tour is not available for the Disney Magic 12 Night Venice cruises as the Vatican Museums are not available to private groups. "

So... do *any*(?) of the tours go to the Vatican..

We're actually there June 30, 2013 (Sunday), and the Vatican Museum website says they are 'Open'.. so.. I'm confused.
The main reason is yes the Vatican is open, but it's the last Sunday of the month, which is free admission to all of the Vatican museums. Tour companies can't make reservations for their tour groups, so they don't offer the Vatican on those days. I'm guessing no tours that day will go inside of the actual Vatican, though you might get a stop in St. Peter's Square. It's actually recommended if you wish to visit the Vatican on the "free" Sunday to get there as early as possible as it does get VERY crowded. As our time in Rome is limited, plan on most of, if not all of your day will be in the Vatican if you wish to visit. A private tour might be your best bet if you wish to see the Vatican.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:22 PM   #787
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Now i get it..
Thanks for explaining..

I'm not sure what I want to see (nor what the wife/boys (12, 9) would want to see).. maybe the coliseum. Not sure if I want to be "VERY" crowded, that's for sure.. I wonder what the ABD people are doing if anything special.

On the other side lately.. dang, airfare stinks Hope it comes down soon
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:26 PM   #788
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Now i get it..
Thanks for explaining..

I'm not sure what I want to see (nor what the wife/boys (12, 9) would want to see).. maybe the coliseum. Not sure if I want to be "VERY" crowded, that's for sure.. I wonder what the ABD people are doing if anything special.

On the other side lately.. dang, airfare stinks Hope it comes down soon
If you want the coliseum, make sure you pre-book your tickets, otherwise you'll be waiting in a hour long line to get them if you wait until onsite.
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Old 12-06-2012, 02:36 PM   #789
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Now i get it..
Thanks for explaining..

I'm not sure what I want to see (nor what the wife/boys (12, 9) would want to see).. maybe the coliseum. Not sure if I want to be "VERY" crowded, that's for sure.. I wonder what the ABD people are doing if anything special.

On the other side lately.. dang, airfare stinks Hope it comes down soon
I didn't respond to your air quote. Air has actually come down, but not to the levels where I booked it at, which was the 330 day mark basically. I booked it at 1000 pp, which was what I paid in 2010, so I was happy with that. I don't think or wouldn't expect it to fall much below that number. I've been checking periodically and air from PHL,EWR and JFK has consistently been the rise. Right now the cheapest from those 3 airports is 1100 out of PHL, which is where we're flying from. I'd pick your number and if you see it, go for it... That's what I did, I was hoping to pay what I paid in 2010 and when I saw it I grabbed it........
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Yes, we were also disappointed to have to skip the Vatican
And to top it off we are in Malta on a Sunday too which means the Co-Cathedral we were hoping to see is closed also

I'm doing a private tour in Rome with another family and luckily there is plenty else to see. The colosseum, the pantheon, the forum, Trevi fountain, circus maximus, and maybe even St Peter's Basillica if the tour guide thinks they can get us in at the right time.

Managed to get airfare at about $1040 pp, flying from VA to Toronto to BCN. Hope it comes down for you
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I just ordered this Pacsafe item from amazon for the trip. I will probably wrap it for myself for Christmas Amazon had a facebook "claim this offer" for $5 off $25 plus free shipping, so it was within my budget.

Now to just find one thing to wrap for DH and Zachary for Christmas and my holiday shopping should be complete. We aren't doing much for Christmas because of the trip, but I think it would stink to not have ANYTHING to unwrap on Christmas. Last year we took a cruise, so that was different as the cruise was our Christmas (but still delivered for the boys). is bringing the boys a video game each, but I want them to also have one thing from us. Nathan has asked for a box of tissues. Funny boy - but serious allergies, so useful, too! They are getting cash from grandparents and their uncle so they can buy whatever else it is they are wanting.
Both of my kids are asking for video games too
They will have earned them though as their Grandpa insists that we all go to see Les Miserables on Chrsitmas Day. I wanted to see the movie anyway, but I am pretty sure my kids had no intention of seeing it. Is the movie really almost 3 hours long ?
My sister is trying to figure out a way to explain to my Dad why she doesn't want her 11 year old DS seeing it
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Both of my kids are asking for video games too
They will have earned them though as their Grandpa insists that we all go to see Les Miserables on Chrsitmas Day. I wanted to see the movie anyway, but I am pretty sure my kids had no intention of seeing it. Is the movie really almost 3 hours long ?
My sister is trying to figure out a way to explain to my Dad why she doesn't want her 11 year old DS seeing it
I don't buy videogames for the boys any more, but Santa will occcasionally bring one for them

I'm looking forward to seeing Les Miserables, but neither Gary nor the boys want to see it, so I'm going with a friend a few days after Christmas. I have some movie-cash I got from Cheerios boxes that I can use so it will be like a freebie - all the better since my Christmas gift is the new catalytic converter I had to get in my car yesterday. I asked them if they would put a big red bow on the hood of my car so I could at least pretend I got something cool for Christmas. I really didn't need the expense right now.
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Airfare for my flights have increased $178 since I booked. Guess I must have gotten a black Friday deal. As painful as it was, I'm glad I jumped on it.
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I don't buy videogames for the boys any more, but Santa will occcasionally bring one for them

I'm looking forward to seeing Les Miserables, but neither Gary nor the boys want to see it, so I'm going with a friend a few days after Christmas. I have some movie-cash I got from Cheerios boxes that I can use so it will be like a freebie - all the better since my Christmas gift is the new catalytic converter I had to get in my car yesterday. I asked them if they would put a big red bow on the hood of my car so I could at least pretend I got something cool for Christmas. I really didn't need the expense right now.
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Airfare for my flights have increased $178 since I booked. Guess I must have gotten a black Friday deal. As painful as it was, I'm glad I jumped on it.

Yeah, that airfare is a huge hurdle.
So hard to predict airfare
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:36 PM   #795
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I just sent an email to our favorite waiter to see if he will be on the Magic for this trip. I sure hope so!
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