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Old 04-28-2012, 01:23 PM   #106
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It looks like there's going to be quite a few new things for your family to see and do this summer! I can't remember why BTMR was closed down. Is it just refurbs or are they adding stuff to it?
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:38 AM   #107
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It looks like there's going to be quite a few new things for your family to see and do this summer! I can't remember why BTMR was closed down. Is it just refurbs or are they adding stuff to it?
I'm so excited for all the new stuff!!

I think I remember reading that they are replacing the track and repainting. I'm not sure if they are going to update the queue like they have been doing to other rides around the park. I hope so...the queue is so boring for that ride!
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:55 AM   #108
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Saving for Disney!

Saving for Disney

I thought I would take a break from our plans and share some of the ways that we have been saving for Disney. I realized that by picking the month of July to visit it would limit any huge discounts such as Free Dining and unfortunately going in August/September didnít work for us. So I knew that if we wanted to return that we would have to start putting money aside especially when we decided to add Sea World to the mix. Although many of these things are small they can add up really quickly.

We knew last year that we wanted to return to Disney this year (remember all the celebrations?) Plus we were going through some serious withdrawal. So, last summer after our trip to the lake which we loved but realized that there really is no place like Disney. I started trying to put away $100 month toward our trip. Some months it wasnít so much but it was the goal I set and I have tried to stick to it. Anyways, between that amount and adding in some of our income tax return-- our room, tickets and dining should be almost paid for. Which only leaves airfare, and any extras such as Sea World tickets (they include all day dining), money to feed the dolphins, souvenirs plus our hotel and dinner for the night before the trip.

So, first I decided to tackle the airfare by booking it in January. I knew it would give us six months to save because I used Bill Me Later to pay where there is no payment or interest for six months. Since our airfare for the four of us flying Jetblue was $1200. (I know crazyÖbut itís actually gone up almost $700 since we booked it.) That meant I now needed to put aside $200.00 a month. I knew we needed to be serious so we started cutting back on eating out and I started couponing again. I found a great site called Couponing to Disney and have learned so much. I started grocery shopping once every two weeks and started buying more in bulk. I also started using a grocery budget and figured out how much money we used to spend every week and added it together to get my two week total. Iíve found that by using coupons and shopping at more than one store has also helped keep the total down. I figured Iím saving about $100 a month shopping this way. Since we are not eating out as much thatís also helping with our goal.

Here is a list of all the other ways that we are using to help pay for all those Disney extrasó

--Change Jar (we actually do this for every trip) Last trip we used it to pay for our Tusker House breakfast OOP since we had the QSDP.

--Disney Visa Reward Card (weíve accumulated almost $150 which we will put towards souvenirs.)

--My Points (I have enough points to cash out for a $25 Landry gift card which we will use toward our T-REX dinner.

-- I do some reward and survey sites. A couple of those are Quick Rewards, and Mindfield Research. I really enjoy Mindfield because you get to test products as well as do surveys. Quick Rewards can be frustrating because sometimes you can spend a good deal of time working on a survey and then they determine youíre not qualified to take it after all. But, if you can get a survey to credit than it can add up really fast. (Best to do them in the morning) Itís just taking the time to do them.

--Recently, I found out that you can earn Disney gift cards at Disney Movie Rewards. We have a ton of Disney movies and I donít know why I never thought to join before. I have a $10 Disney gift card coming in the mail.

--Lastly, I plan to have a Yard Sale in June. I usually try to have one every year but for some reason I skipped last year so we have a ton of clothes the boys have outgrown.

--Oh, I almost forgot once I found one Couponing blog, I began to search out others and they are always having contests and I won a $25 gift card to Wal-Mart. (I used the gift card for our everyday needs and took the $25 I would have spent and put it in our Disney fund.)

So, thatís it! Thatís how we are saving for Disney. As I said before every little bit helps and surprisingly even small things add up very quickly. Of course, these are not the only expenses. We canít forget all the little extras that we need before Disney such as toiletries, clothing (weíre working on), shoes (also working on), a new park bag (that you have already seen) and any other extras that may pop up because Iím sure Iím forgetting something. My goal this week is to finally get my list of things to do and buy together so I can start checking it off. I also started working on my planning book this weekend so when itís finished Iíll share.

Up NextóOur Hollywood Studios Day.

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:01 AM   #109
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Sounds like a great plan. We got the Disney Visa offer this trip where we got $200 free dollars, then we bought our airfare, park tickets, and paid for our lodging using it (then paid it off with the money we saved). Souvenir money for DH and I!
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:21 AM   #110
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It sounds like you've worked a great plan for saving money. If you keep up that plan, then you guys can go to Disney next year too. Hey, you know me, gotta have a trip in the works or I'll go into Disney depression.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:58 PM   #111
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those are some great tips for saving
setting aside each month is one of our favorites that is difficult to be disciplined about though, one month we needed a new printer etc.
Couponing to Disney is a great site to follow
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:56 AM   #112
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Sounds like a great plan. We got the Disney Visa offer this trip where we got $200 free dollars, then we bought our airfare, park tickets, and paid for our lodging using it (then paid it off with the money we saved). Souvenir money for DH and I!
Thanks!! for the $200 free dollars from your Disney Visa!

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It sounds like you've worked a great plan for saving money. If you keep up that plan, then you guys can go to Disney next year too. Hey, you know me, gotta have a trip in the works or I'll go into Disney depression.
I know...I would love to go back again next year! But, I think the plan right now is to hold off and keep saving for a Disney Cruise in 2014. I can't wait to hear what you guys think of it!! Not too much longer for you now!!

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those are some great tips for saving
setting aside each month is one of our favorites that is difficult to be disciplined about though, one month we needed a new printer etc.
Couponing to Disney is a great site to follow
Thanks!: I agree that setting aside money definitely takes discipline! Last month with Easter it took a big chunk of the money I would usually be able to set aside. Luckily, some of other things helped make up for that.

I'm so glad I found Couponing to Disney. It's really helping to pay for those extras that we want to have on the trip.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:38 AM   #113
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Our Day 5 Plans-Hollywood Studios

Day 5 Plans-Disney Hollywood Studios

Itís funny how a park that used to be your least favorite can redeem itself with just a few more visits. On our first visit I almost didnít even add it in as the boys were really small and I didnít know how well they would sit through the shows and I knew they had no interest in riding any of the thrill rides. But, on a whim I added an extra day to our tickets and we decided to visit on our arrival day. Big mistakeÖor at least it was for us. It was so hot when we arrived, not to mention the parade was about to begin so people were everywhere we looked. Looking at the map we somehow got turned around trying to find Pizza Planet and had to ask a CM for directions. Then once we got to Pizza Planet the line was crazy and it took us forever to get something to eat. Needless to say it wasnít a very magical start to our vacation. The wait times were long, it was hot, crowded and we accomplished very little. We left shaking our heads wondering if this is what we were in for the whole week. Since thenÖthankfully, I found the DIS and realized showing up in the middle of the afternoon with no plan is probably something you shouldnít do especially on our first visit. Iím happy to say that on our next visit we arrived at opening and knew to run straight over to TSMM and then hit all the shows and attractions that we wanted see. It was a successful trip and DHS didnít look so bad after all. But, it was on our last trip when I was finally won over. We rode ToT, saw Beauty and the Beast and Fantasmic for the first time and loved them!! After that trip, I can definitely say our minds had been changed about this park and Iím so excited to go back!!

Disney Hollywood Studios (7/14)

So, this morning will probably be like all the others. Itís another EMH morning so weíll probably grab something quick in the food court and then head to the bus stop to catch the bus for Hollywood Studios.


And weíll follow the people in front of us because everyone will be running to the same placeÖ..

Yes! You guessed it! Toy Story Midway Mania!

I think we will probably just ride TSMM. Iím not sure we will get a FP for later especially since you have to use it within the window. But, if we decide to then we will probably ride first and then FP as I heard this is a good strategy.
Oh and I canít miss out on these shots!


Oh and of course we are going to want to do this! THIS is the year that I am finally going to beat NickÖ.I can feel it!

After Toy Story, the plan is to head over to Sunset Blvd to ride this for the first time--- (Noah and I)

I have a confession. I am so nervous about this ride!!! I love roller coasters but Iím not sure how Noah is going to do. Heís never rode anything with inversions before. Iíve also heard the take-off is pretty intenseÖ but itís still something we would both like to try. Well as long as we donít chicken out.
After we conquer RNRC for the first time (Hopefully) we will be heading over hereó

No fear hereÖwe love this one!!

Since Noah and I are the only ones that want to ride these two rides, DH and Nick will be heading hereó

On our last trip, Noah did not like this ride because it made him feel sick. DH and Nick said they would check out the new version and hopefully we can convince Noah to ride later on. Iíd love to see it!!

After all this Iím sure the park will be open and our plan is to head over to meet Phineas and Ferb. Noah is so excited to do this! Iíve read that they come out about 9:30am. I hope this is still the case when we go in July as the last thing I want to do is stand in line later in the day when itís even hotter!

Then it will really depend on how long it takes at the meet and greet but ideally we would like to visit hereÖ.

Or hereÖ.


Weíd really like to try the Animation class this time and of course meet Sorcerer Mickey (DH favorite)

Then itís time for a little lunchó(what we donít fit in before lunch the plan is to catch them after.)

But, of course we will have to save room for later so I can pick up this from Starring Rolls.

After lunch we hope to be able to visit hereó

And hereÖ.

And hereÖ.

And maybe hereÖ.. (Iím sure the boys would like it) but weíll see.

Then the plan is to head back to the resort for a little rest and some dinner although Iím not so sure how hungry will be after our big lunch. HmmÖ.maybe we can make room for thisó


Fantasmic is scheduled for 9:00pm on this evening and since it is DH favorite night time show, the plan is to head out around 7:00pm and head straight there when we arriveó Weíll probably pack the boys 3DS so they have something to do while we wait.

Love this part!!

Yay Mickey!!

Then itís back to the resort and off to bed to get ready for our ďtake time to smell the rosesĒ Magic Kingdom day!!


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Old 05-02-2012, 08:16 AM   #114
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Your DHS plans look good.

We have never seen B&B show, or Fantasmic! and I don't think they are on the list for this year either...mistake?
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:36 AM   #115
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I love all of your plans for your Hollywood Studios day. When we first went to WDW, we didn't really love Epcot. But, like you, I did more research and then realized that we were "doing it all wrong" and now we love it. I am sure that you are glad that you guys gave Hollywood Studios another chance.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:03 AM   #116
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Love your DHS day! That's my favorite park! Probably because I've always wanted to be in the shows!
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:46 AM   #117
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I love all the saving for Disney ideas! It is my goal to begin putting away about $100 a month...but little things like broken elbows and surgery may take a bite out of our monthly budget for a while! We put the money we budgeted but did not spend on our spring Virginia vacation back into savings for the Disney trip, so we have a bit of a headstart.

Like you, I am a big fan of EMH. I know it gets mixed reviews here on the DIS, but it really works well for our family.

The DHS plans look great! The take-off on RnRR is intense, but short. Noah should be fine. Isaiah was nervous about it on our last trip, but ended up loving it!
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:54 PM   #118
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Ok, this is the first I'm hearing of Disney Animation classes. I'm going to have to look into it more.

I'll admit it, I have a slight fear of fast-paced coasters...but I LOVED Rock n Rollercoaster. The start of the ride is intense, but it's such a fun ride. I love Tower of Terror though. My first trip, TSMM was not there and I'm looking forward to it! Your plan looks awesome to me
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:07 PM   #119
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Sounds like a great day planned!
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:22 PM   #120
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Great saving/budgeting ideas Angie It's amazing how much you can save by just doing a few little things differently!

DHS plans sound fun, it's so great you are able to take advantage of morning EMH, you see so much without any crowds - I'm thinking that will be especially true for you in July. Unfortunately that strategy doesn't work for my family as my girls are not early risers...which I'm usually thankful for except when we're at Disney
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