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Old 07-20-2012, 06:53 PM   #241
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We are down to 39 days, cannot believe it!! The reminder on the Disney site, says that we can do online check in in 29 days.

We just bought new suitcase, a nice big Samsonite with great 4 way wheels at Marshalls. Got it on clearance for only $80!! Good bargain.

My 12 yr old DD has made a ton of lists for us, she is over the moon excited!!

Still no Disney mail with luggage tag, etc. hopefully that will come soon.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:00 PM   #242
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I am at 41 days This has been a long summer wait. We usually go during the 4th of July. I am starting to get ants in my pants!!! It's a good thing work is keeping me busy. I promised the family no more changing reservations around. Now it is just time for crafts, packing lists, last minute shopping and overtime, overtime and more overtime. I need plenty of spending money!! I hope to meet some fellow disers while I am there.

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We're now at 49 days! Can't believe it was 220 when we first started counting down - the days have flown by!
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:21 PM   #244
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I bought a new camera this weekend! It's a really nice Nikkon, and it was on sale.

Since my trip is paid off I have started buying little things and giftcards for the kids to spend. So far I have:
A huge tube of 100 glow bracelets(you can connect 2 or more together for a necklace) $4.99 at Michael's

Mini travel activity kits (each includes 4 crayons, 25 stickers, and a small coloring book) They are Cars, Toy Story 3, Princess, and Tinker Bell themed...I got 2 each of the Cars and TS3, and 1 each of the others. $1 each at Michael's

3 Disney "board books" for the baby. $1 each at Michael's

Pack of 8 multi colored Sharpies, the retractable kind for autographs $11.99 at Walmart

2 $25 Disney giftcards (one for each of my big boys) plus they each already have $10 that I got through Disney Rewards.



Anyone else looking at getting a Photopass+? I think it is a good deal for us....I am going to want to ride photos, and we are dining at the locations that have those photos included too...I think I am leaning towards it...
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:35 PM   #245
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I bought a new camera this weekend! It's a really nice Nikkon, and it was on sale.

Since my trip is paid off I have started buying little things and giftcards for the kids to spend. So far I have:
A huge tube of 100 glow bracelets(you can connect 2 or more together for a necklace) $4.99 at Michael's

Mini travel activity kits (each includes 4 crayons, 25 stickers, and a small coloring book) They are Cars, Toy Story 3, Princess, and Tinker Bell themed...I got 2 each of the Cars and TS3, and 1 each of the others. $1 each at Michael's

3 Disney "board books" for the baby. $1 each at Michael's

Pack of 8 multi colored Sharpies, the retractable kind for autographs $11.99 at Walmart

2 $25 Disney giftcards (one for each of my big boys) plus they each already have $10 that I got through Disney Rewards.



Anyone else looking at getting a Photopass+? I think it is a good deal for us....I am going to want to ride photos, and we are dining at the locations that have those photos included too...I think I am leaning towards it...
Sounds like you got lots of little neat stuff! I did read your last update as well regarding your sons. Have you checked the disABILITIES board for GAC info? Lots of good advice to be had there.

What model camera did you get - I also bought a Nikon!
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:01 PM   #246
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I bought a new camera this weekend! It's a really nice Nikkon, and it was on sale.

Since my trip is paid off I have started buying little things and giftcards for the kids to spend. So far I have:
A huge tube of 100 glow bracelets(you can connect 2 or more together for a necklace) $4.99 at Michael's

Mini travel activity kits (each includes 4 crayons, 25 stickers, and a small coloring book) They are Cars, Toy Story 3, Princess, and Tinker Bell themed...I got 2 each of the Cars and TS3, and 1 each of the others. $1 each at Michael's

3 Disney "board books" for the baby. $1 each at Michael's

Pack of 8 multi colored Sharpies, the retractable kind for autographs $11.99 at Walmart

2 $25 Disney giftcards (one for each of my big boys) plus they each already have $10 that I got through Disney Rewards.

Anyone else looking at getting a Photopass+? I think it is a good deal for us....I am going to want to ride photos, and we are dining at the locations that have those photos included too...I think I am leaning towards it...
I am still struggling with the photopass+. It is a good deal but I want to be positive it will pay off in the long run.

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Old 07-31-2012, 07:47 PM   #247
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We will not be doing Photopass at all. Most of our pics last year were blurry - verrrrry blurry. We were so glad we didn't pre-purchase. Even the ones of us in the CADCT Parade were horrid!
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:09 AM   #248
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Sounds like you got lots of little neat stuff! I did read your last update as well regarding your sons. Have you checked the disABILITIES board for GAC info? Lots of good advice to be had there.

What model camera did you get - I also bought a Nikon!
Yes, I have been reading there. I am nervous...I get the impression that because of so many faking, they are cracking down on the GAC...giving dirty looks...not believing parents...then if you do get the GAC, ride CMs not allowing alternative entrances if the wait time is less than 20 mins...etc. It's a damn shame that people are willing to have their kids fake illness to not wait in line. Trust me, I would stand in every line for hours for my kid to not have Asperger's...

We are still searching for a stroller. We borrowed a double umbrella stroller from a friend of ours and tried it out, but the middle wheel is getting stuck because of DS6's weight. So now we think we may buy one, under $250...if we rent a WDW stroller it will be about $300, plus no stroller for DTD, the resort, etc...I looked into Orlando Stroller Rental, that doesn't seem too bad, so we'll see.

I got the Nikon Coolpix S4300. It was the one right under the top Coolpix. The salesperson and I decided that their really wasn't enough of a difference between this one and that one to justify the $70 price difference. It's really nice...I want to take the kids to the park to really test it out!

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I am still struggling with the photopass+. It is a good deal but I want to be positive it will pay off in the long run.

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I agree. I figure I plan on wanting the photos (and already have ADRs for) O'hana, Luau, and HDD...I love how it also includes the picture pkgs at CRT and ARB...don't you get the pics included with you meal?, so I figure, what $40 per pkg, per meal...so those 3 meals right there is $140, for $30 more I get the ride photos, and the cd, etc....


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We will not be doing Photopass at all. Most of our pics last year were blurry - verrrrry blurry. We were so glad we didn't pre-purchase. Even the ones of us in the CADCT Parade were horrid!
That makes me I was a Photopass Photog in 05/06 (we relocated there after Hurricane Katrina until we could come home). The training then was 2 full weeks of learning about the camera, and taking good pictures. From what I gather, they don't do this anymore... Yeah I worry about not having any good pictures, so if I do decide to do this, I will be checking my photos each night...
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:36 AM   #249
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We are down to 39 days, cannot believe it!! The reminder on the Disney site, says that we can do online check in in 29 days.

We just bought new suitcase, a nice big Samsonite with great 4 way wheels at Marshalls. Got it on clearance for only $80!! Good bargain.

My 12 yr old DD has made a ton of lists for us, she is over the moon excited!!

Still no Disney mail with luggage tag, etc. hopefully that will come soon.
I keep coming home each day in hopes of our Mickey Mail too but not yet - we were only at 39 days yesterday... won't be long though...
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Yes, I have been reading there. I am nervous...I get the impression that because of so many faking, they are cracking down on the GAC...giving dirty looks...not believing parents...then if you do get the GAC, ride CMs not allowing alternative entrances if the wait time is less than 20 mins...etc. It's a damn shame that people are willing to have their kids fake illness to not wait in line. Trust me, I would stand in every line for hours for my kid to not have Asperger's...

We are still searching for a stroller. We borrowed a double umbrella stroller from a friend of ours and tried it out, but the middle wheel is getting stuck because of DS6's weight. So now we think we may buy one, under $250...if we rent a WDW stroller it will be about $300, plus no stroller for DTD, the resort, etc...I looked into Orlando Stroller Rental, that doesn't seem too bad, so we'll see.

I got the Nikon Coolpix S4300. It was the one right under the top Coolpix. The salesperson and I decided that their really wasn't enough of a difference between this one and that one to justify the $70 price difference. It's really nice...I want to take the kids to the park to really test it out!

I agree. I figure I plan on wanting the photos (and already have ADRs for) O'hana, Luau, and HDD...I love how it also includes the picture pkgs at CRT and ARB...don't you get the pics included with you meal?, so I figure, what $40 per pkg, per meal...so those 3 meals right there is $140, for $30 more I get the ride photos, and the cd, etc....

That makes me I was a Photopass Photog in 05/06 (we relocated there after Hurricane Katrina until we could come home). The training then was 2 full weeks of learning about the camera, and taking good pictures. From what I gather, they don't do this anymore... Yeah I worry about not having any good pictures, so if I do decide to do this, I will be checking my photos each night...
Thank you for the heads up!! I only have 2 meals that there are photos. I only want the one at 1900 so I will probably do my own photo's this year.

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Old 08-01-2012, 06:31 AM   #251
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Yes, I have been reading there. I am nervous...I get the impression that because of so many faking, they are cracking down on the GAC...giving dirty looks...not believing parents...then if you do get the GAC, ride CMs not allowing alternative entrances if the wait time is less than 20 mins...etc. It's a damn shame that people are willing to have their kids fake illness to not wait in line. Trust me, I would stand in every line for hours for my kid to not have Asperger's...

We are still searching for a stroller. We borrowed a double umbrella stroller from a friend of ours and tried it out, but the middle wheel is getting stuck because of DS6's weight. So now we think we may buy one, under $250...if we rent a WDW stroller it will be about $300, plus no stroller for DTD, the resort, etc...I looked into Orlando Stroller Rental, that doesn't seem too bad, so we'll see.

I got the Nikon Coolpix S4300. It was the one right under the top Coolpix. The salesperson and I decided that their really wasn't enough of a difference between this one and that one to justify the $70 price difference. It's really nice...I want to take the kids to the park to really test it out!


I agree. I figure I plan on wanting the photos (and already have ADRs for) O'hana, Luau, and HDD...I love how it also includes the picture pkgs at CRT and ARB...don't you get the pics included with you meal?, so I figure, what $40 per pkg, per meal...so those 3 meals right there is $140, for $30 more I get the ride photos, and the cd, etc....



That makes me I was a Photopass Photog in 05/06 (we relocated there after Hurricane Katrina until we could come home). The training then was 2 full weeks of learning about the camera, and taking good pictures. From what I gather, they don't do this anymore... Yeah I worry about not having any good pictures, so if I do decide to do this, I will be checking my photos each night...
I too think it is terrible that people fake because they think it will help them skip the lines.

We got the Nikon L120. Looks like you got a nice one! We were going from a very old Kodak P&S style, so I didn't want anything too complicated ... and the L120 is complicated enough!

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I keep coming home each day in hopes of our Mickey Mail too but not yet - we were only at 39 days yesterday... won't be long though...
Did you book through a TA? Sometimes it takes a while to get the Mickey Mail. My AAA TA says 10 days out is when we should get ours, but that may just be an AAA policy. 39 days - you're getting so close!

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Thank you for the heads up!! I only have 2 meals that there are photos. I only want the one at 1900 so I will probably do my own photo's this year.

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We decided to do our own photos this year because of the bad quality of the PP ones last year. It's funny. We looked at the PP photos of us in the parade car, and the one the CM took of us with our own camera before the parade started were better than the PP ones.
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:29 PM   #252
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Can't believe that we are down to 22 days!!!!!!!!! Need to start finalizing our touring plans, and getting a packing list together.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:10 PM   #253
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Can't believe that we are down to 22 days!!!!!!!!! Need to start finalizing our touring plans, and getting a packing list together.
YAY! It's 40 days for us (42 to FQ), so I have a while to go yet.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #254
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I'm at 29 days! Make that 28, it's after midnight, woohoo!!! Sept 4-13!

No Mickey Mail yet, should I be concerned? I've never stayed on-site before.
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