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Old 08-30-2012, 03:50 PM   #376
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We're coming from CT! Still looking at flights, I've seen SW and JB release through 4/12 but we don't leave until 4/14. Boo! I guess the only good thing is due to our location BDL, HPN, LGA, and JFK airports are all viable options. JFK is a little far but will do it, if it's worth it. Hoping for BDL or HPN.

School started for us today too so officially on the road to April vacation!
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:06 PM   #377
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We haven't booked yet, but you can count on us for April 21st to 27th. We just can't seem to decide what hotel we're getting.

I heard the last week of April is one of the best time of the year to go to WDW. I hope this prooves right! It will be my 4th Disney vacation (2004-2005 offsite and 2006 in Paris for one unplanned day), but our first with our kids and first time in a disney resort. We're coming from the Montrιal's subburb, Canada.

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Old 08-30-2012, 04:50 PM   #378
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Hello! I'm fairly new to the Dis Boards but not new to Disney! I grew up in FL so we went to Disney often. As an adult I've probably been 6 or 7 times but I've never stayed on site!

My little family of 4 (hubby, step-daughter 9, and son 1) will be going to Disney April 7th-13th. My son turns 2 on the 14th so I needed to just squeak him by for his last free flight!

Originally we booked a Little Mermaid room at AoA but then i was able to get a studio at BWV for less than $200 more than AoA doing a DVC rental, so I switched! I love the idea of walking or boating to 2 parks rather than being bused. I also see that the Boardwalk has fire performers and my husband is a fire performer (spins fire staves, breathes fire, etc) so I figured it was a good fit for us. Not so sure about the clown slide but I'm sure we'll love sliding down it.
Well, let's hope that the Festival of the Lion King is back up and running by April because your husband will want to see the fire performance if he hasn't before. Welcome aboard!
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Old 08-30-2012, 04:59 PM   #379
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I probably don't quite belong here, but I'm subbing anyway. DH and I are going with my parents and brother, arriving on 3/31-4/3 at the GF and then DH and I are spending 2 additional nights, 4/3-4/5 at CSR. YAY!!!

Happy planning! Ooh, and I totally forgot about the Flower & Garden Festival. Awesome, mom will love it, I know DH and I sure did in 2011!
Sure you belong here! I've got you listed with those whose trips start in March. You aren't the only one! The Flower and Garden Festival is why I want to go in the spring. Dh even suggested the other day that if the dog dies soon, maybe we shouldn't wait until April and go in October or November and I said I'm not giving up the April trip but I'd be glad to do both. (The dog doesn't even seem close to dying yet even though she is 15 years old. She is the reason we cancelled this year's April trip and if she isn't gone by next year, we will have to cancel again. No, I am not going to try to hasten her demise . . . )
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:05 PM   #380
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Anyone familiar with the weather in central Florida in April? We always went in the hot and humid summer when I was little.
We were there in April 2009 and for the most part the weather was nice. There were a few afternoons that got a little hot for me. Since there have been some lifestyle changes for me (ie -- I'm losing weight) I am not expecting the heat to bother me this time.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:29 PM   #381
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We're coming from CT! Still looking at flights, I've seen SW and JB release through 4/12 but we don't leave until 4/14. Boo! I guess the only good thing is due to our location BDL, HPN, LGA, and JFK airports are all viable options. JFK is a little far but will do it, if it's worth it. Hoping for BDL or HPN.

School started for us today too so officially on the road to April vacation!
Jet Blue is booking through 4/30...I've already booked for 4/18-4/28 - great deal flying out of Boston!
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:11 PM   #382
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Sure you belong here! I've got you listed with those whose trips start in March. You aren't the only one! The Flower and Garden Festival is why I want to go in the spring. Dh even suggested the other day that if the dog dies soon, maybe we shouldn't wait until April and go in October or November and I said I'm not giving up the April trip but I'd be glad to do both. (The dog doesn't even seem close to dying yet even though she is 15 years old. She is the reason we cancelled this year's April trip and if she isn't gone by next year, we will have to cancel again. No, I am not going to try to hasten her demise . . . )
Yay, I have a home!! March just didn't seem fitting for this trip, thanks for welcoming me in with open arms!

I hope your pooper perseveres and you unabashedly get to WDW in April with no worries on your mind. Ours is like family, so I understand how it can be.

Happy planning everyone!
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Yep, right here, lol!

I promised myself I wouldn't make a plan of days and ADRs until the hours came out, but I couldn't help myself and made my beautiful post-it note spreadsheet today

I based it on last years hours, so we will see I guess. All I really care about is avoiding EMH parks, so even if they make a few changes we might be okay. Or I'll get to do the whole thing over which would be fun too.

And of course I still have 50 days to obsess over it and tweak things until our ADR date. Not that I'm, you know, counting or anything
Why avoid EMH parks? I've seen lots of people say that. Are they the most crowded? Is it never an advantage to utilizing the EMH?
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #384
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Why avoid EMH parks? I've seen lots of people say that. Are they the most crowded? Is it never an advantage to utilizing the EMH?
We always go to the AM EMH parks and we usually get there at least 25-30 minutes before opening and we love it. We wouldn't do it any other way, I love that on 12/28 we had a photo of an EMPTY PARK at Magic Kingdom during the craziest week of the year. However, we've never done the evening, although that could be because by that time were having a nice dinner, wine and are retiring to our resort to relax so we can be up by 5:30am the next day for that day's AM EMH park! Lol!
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Morning EMHs are the best time to go! Empty park for thyat first hour.
PP ~ how'd u get a good deal on JB out of Boston? All I've seen are $700~800 fares and I check almost every day!
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Why avoid EMH parks? I've seen lots of people say that. Are they the most crowded? Is it never an advantage to utilizing the EMH?
I would love it if we could actually use the EMH, but with the kids it just doesn't seem to work out. We have done it occasionally, and might do one AM one next time, but in general it isn't worth the lost sleep to get up early or be out late. Plus, it seems that at YV our breakfast options are limited (almost non-existent actually) that early. And we definitely don't want to go to an EMH park if we didn't make use of it because it would tend to be a little more crowded.
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Aww, we overlap a bit!

We'll be at POR 4/18-4/20 before moving over to Poly CL for 8 nights!!!
We had POLY booked, then AOA (2 rooms), then decided to go back to POR. Would rather do POLY....but I think we will try that one when we get a better discount ( not likely in April).
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Yep, right here, lol!

I promised myself I wouldn't make a plan of days and ADRs until the hours came out, but I couldn't help myself and made my beautiful post-it note spreadsheet today

I based it on last years hours, so we will see I guess. All I really care about is avoiding EMH parks, so even if they make a few changes we might be okay. Or I'll get to do the whole thing over which would be fun too.

And of course I still have 50 days to obsess over it and tweak things until our ADR date. Not that I'm, you know, counting or anything
Yes, me too. We already have our "spreadsheet" made too. We are also planners around EMH. We planned ADR's only on 5 out of our 9 days,so we can still move some days if needed. Plus I think we only have 2 ADR's in the parks. My teenager came in as me and DH had our ADR, budget, and schedule papers all over the table, and rolled her eyes at us (Although I caught all 3 kids watching our DVD from this Aprils trip) Its crazy how obsessed we all are
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Why avoid EMH parks? I've seen lots of people say that. Are they the most crowded? Is it never an advantage to utilizing the EMH?
We always visit parks with EMH's - just sayin'. We love to close the park down!

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PP ~ how'd u get a good deal on JB out of Boston? All I've seen are $700~800 fares and I check almost every day!
I don't even know. We usually fly out of Manchester-Boston Regional airport, which is 10 minutes from our house. We usually fly Southwest and pay about $1200 for my family of four....well this year, it's looking to be at LEAST $1700, which is crazy. So I started shopping around and ended up finding the Jet Blue airfare for $950 for four of us!!!!! right on their website!!! We did have to add two days onto our trip and fly down on Thursday instead of Saturday, meaning our girls are going to miss 1.5 days of school now before vacation...but we just added the two nights at POR for still less than what the SW airfare would cost. We have APs so didn't need to buy more tickets. It just really worked out!!

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We had POLY booked, then AOA (2 rooms), then decided to go back to POR. Would rather do POLY....but I think we will try that one when we get a better discount ( not likely in April).
We do have 40% off on the Poly (mil discount), so we are getting CL for less than rack rate of a regular GV room. Can't say no to that!!!
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I'm going to soon join you all, we are about to book our April trip from Virginia, so far it seems like Jet Blue is the cheapest we can find.
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