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Old 05-19-2014, 06:05 AM   #1
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Mike's Pre-Pre-Pre Trip Report for September 2014

Just booked my annual WDW vacation. Usually I do the second week in December, but I've decided to forego Christmas this year and go for Halloween instead. And as a creature of habit, I always do my five nights at my DVC home resort, Wilderness Lodge. I wanted to try someplace new this time, but couldn't figure out which resort to pick. So instead, I picked... all of them.

Friday night: Animal Kingdom Lodge
Saturday night: Boardwalk
Sunday night: Grand Floridian
Monday night: Bay Lake Tower
Tuesday night: Wilderness Lodge

My loose itinerary so far looks like this:
Friday - fly in after work, have nice diner, and relax
Saturday - if my wife wants to, well visit Universal. Otherwise, we'll probably visit the Premium Outlets, meet friends for dinner, then walk the Boardwalk loop before bed
Sunday - sleep in, visit Downtown Disney, drive my wife to the airport, and head back for Mickey's Halloween Party.
Monday - Backstage Magic tour, and then maybe visit a few other resorts
Tuesday - Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Studios, and back to Epcot for the evening
Wednesday - character breakfast, then off to Universal if I don't go on Saturday, otherwise maybe a few other resorts, and then fly home

Whirlwind trip, but I'm looking forward to it!! No ADR's, no FastPass+ reservations, no Magic Your Way Length of Stay tickets, no overpriced meal plan. Just gonna go with the flow.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:51 PM   #2
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:30 PM   #3
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The more the merrier... just hope you can keep up
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Yikes a lot of moving !

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Yikes a lot of moving.
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, too. Originally I was only going down from Sunday through Wednesday, so I was hoping to pack a carry-on suitcase only. Now with the extra two days, that might not happen. No problem living out of a suitcase, though, just as long as everything stays ironed. At least I'll be getting full use out of the rental car, though I've never allowed it to sit in one spot for a full day. There's just too much to do when I'm there to let that happen!
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We will be there in September too! 22-28! You won't regret choosing Halloween over Christmas. It's our favorite time of year. We are staying at Kidman.
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We will be there in September too! 22-28! You won't regret choosing Halloween over Christmas. It's our favorite time of year. We are staying at Kidman.
Sounds like I'll be missing you by a week. Enjoy your trip! I've been down for Halloween before and enjoyed it. Never in September, but at least the park is decorated. Still, after going down every year for Christmas, and then every third year for Halloween, I do miss seeing the non-decorated Magic Kingdom every now and again.
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So what are your dates? I'll be there at BWVs from 9/14-9/18 and this is my first solo trip. Just winging it and, like you, no ADRs but I will do some FP+. Looking forward to your TR. Have fun!
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Sounds like I'll be missing you by a week. Enjoy your trip! I've been down for Halloween before and enjoyed it. Never in September, but at least the park is decorated. Still, after going down every year for Christmas, and then every third year for Halloween, I do miss seeing the non-decorated Magic Kingdom every now and again.
So what are your dates? Doing my first solo trip in Sept. (14-18) and staying at BWVs. Like you, no ADRs but will do some FP+ otherwise just winging it. Looking forward to your TR. Have fun!
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Hey Paula! I'm heading down on Sept 12 and returning on the 17th. I have been going solo for the past few years now and really love it. Eat when I want to, skip the rides I don't care to see or can't bother with the lines, avoid EVERY parade and stage show, etc. You're on your own time, so there's never an issue
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He! We have been 25 times, but this is also our first Halloween trip. We've done Christmas several times. We will be at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Sept 19-21, then we set sail on the Dream. We bought into the Grand Floridian, but they are booked. Hopefully next time!
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