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Old 09-25-2012, 08:44 AM   #631
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Oh, thank you.

We're pretty laid back; we'll probably be OK. My kneejerk reaction to April was "Yikes! Spring break and Easter!" but I have to believe those crowds still have faded.

I'm so glad to find this board. I love to plan Disney stuff and I love to talk about it ... and my husband looks at me like I'm nuts when I tell him the intinerary for a trip that's still seven months away. (But he smiles when he does it, so that's OK. )

We're splurging on an AoA suite because older son is a very restless sleeper and it will be great to give him his own bed ... and my husband is really tall and just does not fit well in anything other than a queen bed. We love the look of AoA ... don't get me wrong, we adored AKL, but I think AoA will be good with young kids.

By my calculations, I can make ADR on Oct. 26. Can't wait! I've revised my plans several times. I'm trying to decide what sort of an effect EMH will have on park crowds, and if it's worth it to try and avoid them. Sigh. I really want to take the boys to the MK on our first full day ...
Imo, you WANT to do morning EMH if at all possible. If your first full day is Thursday, April 25 (which is our last day, ), it is morning EMH at MK. I say go! That's where we will be.

My husband's eyes glaze over when I talk to him about the trip. Yesterday I was talking about the ADRs I plan to make and he said, "I sure hope you aren't doing all this for nothing." Our 35th anniversary trip last April was cancelled two weeks before we were supposed to get there "because our old dog hadn't died yet" (reality was that my disabled dh was not well enough for the trip, but I didn't want him to feel responsible for the cancellation). Here we are about six months later and the dog still isn't dead and the dh is probably a bit weaker than he was last April. But I am going to move forward as though we are going and make my plans accordingly.
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I'd always been under the impression that we should avoid AMH because of crowds, but maybe that's a false impression. I will admit, I have qualms about dragging my boys out of bed in time to be at MK that early, but ... maybe, just maybe, I can sell it. We're hoping to keep a quieter night on arrival day, so maybe that will work. (DH is a night owl. He hates mornings on principle!)

My DH loves Disney just as much as I do, I think (we honeymooned there!), but he's not the planner. The fact that I'm coming up with day-by-day plans already amuses him!

I just can't wait to see the looks on the boys' faces ...
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:54 AM   #633
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Hi all, add me to the April 2013 list.. Staying at the Coronado.. ( first try at this resort) and hoping to get a room discount and upgrade to the dxp.. April 9th thru April 16th.. Word of advice for all you spring break novices.. Avoid the parades.. I have gone 2 Spring breaks in a row.. Both times avoided the parades and walked on most rides.. I rode 6 rides at MK in 1.5 hours last years, sometimes those same rides take hours.. Of course, this is great advice for people that don't mind missing the parade, and my 6 year old wanted the rides more...
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there ARE no crowds during morning EMH....... it is practically empty! (well, not empty-empty...... but empty compared to regular Disney crowds. )
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Imo, you WANT to do morning EMH if at all possible. If your first full day is Thursday, April 25 (which is our last day, ), it is morning EMH at MK. I say go! That's where we will be.
We'll be there that day too! And it's also our last day I'm starting to wonder if that will be a crazy-busy day there, but I guess if it is it might make it a little easier to leave.

My strategy towards EMH is to avoid them unless we are planning to make use of them. Especially amEMH. That first hour is great, but the park is a little busier later as other non-EMH people start arriving. So what we don't want to do is not be getting there until 9-10am if it was an amEMH morning. We rarely can stay out late enough to use pmEMH so we just avoid those parks. (Although we did manage to stay at MK on our last night in 2010 until 2am, and I was 6 months pregnant at the time. Other than it still being 100 degrees at midnight, it was great!)
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We're early birds so my strategy is make use of the morning EMH when possible (we always get there a few minutes before rope drop) and in all other instances ALWAYS avoid the park with evening EMH b/c people tend to head there late morning/early afternoon with the intention of staying for the evening EMH, which we will never, ever do b/c we're in bed by 8-9:00.
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Welcome! I added you to the first post. Do you know where you will be staying?

We're actually staying the whole trip on the "Dark" side this time. That would be Universal. My DH and oldest son told me they didn't want to go to Disney next year. Can you believe it!!??? I couldn't handle it! We are taking this trip b/c I finally got a job!!! So we are celebrating ME!!!! DH said we could go to FL if we stayed at Uni. instead of WDW. I said well all right if we can go for 1 day for me? It's hard for me (and other DISfriends) to understand how you get sick of Disney. But at least I'm going. That's all that matters. Right??
Just hoping for good flights b/c it could get changed to July.
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[B][B]I see you are another New Englander....(there's a lot of us on this thread)...
There's always a LOT of New Englanders on the April thread b/c we're like the only ones who have an April vacation. Every year we go in April, I meet or overhear that almost every person is from the northeast.
Now I know that NH and MA have different weeks so that's good.
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There's always a LOT of New Englanders on the April thread b/c we're like the only ones who have an April vacation. Every year we go in April, I meet or overhear that almost every person is from the northeast.
Now I know that NH and MA have different weeks so that's good.
Another new englander here!! We are going the week before our actual vacation ( airfare so much cheaper). Second year in a row going.. I love it!!
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there ARE no crowds during morning EMH....... it is practically empty! (well, not empty-empty...... but empty compared to regular Disney crowds. )
Agreed! I am still writing my trip report for last April but here's a couple pictures of what the MK looked like on Easter Sunday (don't know exactly what time it was, maybe around 9:00 or 9:30?). The park opened at 7:00.





And if anyone is curious to see how much we did that morning, here are those updates:
Easter Sunday 7 AM EMH part 1
Easter Sunday 7 AM EMH part 2

We have always had great experiences with the early EMH-can't wait to do them again next year!
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Another new englander here!! We are going the week before our actual vacation ( airfare so much cheaper). Second year in a row going.. I love it!!
I WISH we could go the week before!! Flights are just always so ridiculous during April vaca.
I remember you from last April how was your trip??

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I WISH we could go the week before!! Flights are just always so ridiculous during April vaca.
I remember you from last April how was your trip??

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I thought I remembers your username from last year too.. ( I am so bad after I get back for
My trip on the DIS, I get depressed and never finish my trip reports).. Last year was fabulous.. We loved the beachclub.. Well, the pool at least..I liked the theming of yacht club. We thought we would be staying in that area again this time, but it's just too expensive. We are going with my Bil/sil and my niece and nephew.. Probably one of the last times that we travel with them
During April vacation because they are getting older. We are staying at the Coronado this time. Hoping for a room only discount so we can upgrade to deluxe dining.. Nice to see you on here again.. 😊
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I see lots of familiar names from last April too!!! Hi everyone!
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I see lots of familiar names from last April too!!! Hi everyone!
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can't wait to make ADR's! Anyone have any waterpark tips? That will be a first for us. Staying at AOA will be new too!
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