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Old 09-05-2012, 10:52 AM   #271
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September sounds like such an exciting month for you guys!

The comic book shop around here does game nights every week where you can demo a ton of different games. Right now, we're obsessed with Arkham Horror.

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Old 09-06-2012, 12:49 PM   #272
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I'm not sure how I got here, but I'm coming out of lurkdom to say HERE I AM!!! I read your other TR, and I got hooked by your sense of humor. I'm really enjoying reading your PTR, and I am really excited for your upcoming trip!
Well I'm sure happy you ARE here! And additionally, came our of lurkdom to say hi! I feel special.

I'm glad you read my TR and enjoyed it so much! I'm a total dork/have a ridiculous sense of humor, so I'm glad that came through in my TR.

I'm very excited for our trip, too! I just want it to get here already!


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Yay! I'm glad you're fully proud of your geek-dom. I embrace mine wholeheartedly. PAX looks like a lot of fun!

What is the Haunted Mansion Holiday? Sounds awesome!!

We liked Grand Floridian Cafe when we ate there in 2009! And liked Santa Angel Inn last year, too

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Hahaha, we are mega nerds and don't even sweat it. PAX is really fun! Definitely has become a fantastic way to spend our Labor Day weekend the past 3 years!

OOOH Haunted Mansion Holiday is in Disneyland only, where they have Nightmare Before Christmas take over the Haunted Mansion! It's unbelievable! This is something we are BEYOND excited about seeing, as Matt has been a Night Before Christmas fan since it first came out in theaters. Seriously, I'm guessing it'll be one of the highlights from our trip!

I'm glad you liked Grand Floridian Cafe! That Lobster burger just sounds UNREAL. I am so so excited to try it! Plus, we love GF anyway so it's a great reason to get over there and visit!

And yeah, I could go for a Lobster burger right about now, haha.


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Nerd alert...it's like my siren song or something! I see those words and BAM! I can't help but be here!

The Oswald ears and pin are awesome. And, yes, I laughed at Matt, but I didn't mean to, I swear! The mental image of him being swallowed with the crowd down the escalator was too much, and I laughed out loud before I could help myself. Matt, I apologize.

Not gonna lie, I'm confused by the Disneyland layout and rules and you are my tour guide.

Ooohh, is the Grand Floridian burger the one with lobster? Or is that a different burger from there? Either way, you know I'm all about making some new ADRs!
Psh, you know how I roll! Nerdin' it up, love that feelin'!

The ears are seriously fantastic. I'll probably bring them with us on one of our trips to wear! Bahaha, don't even worry about it, I laughed SO hard that whole weekend every time I thought about him being swallowed down the escalator, hahahaha. It was so unfortunate but so funny.

Disneyland is going to be VERY interesting just because of how things work there. Like, you can get fast passes in both parks, so basically we could just run back and forth between the parks picking up FPs, which is VERY easy to do there since the parks are so close to one another. It's kind of weird!

And yes, that is the burger with lobster! That is seriously the sole reason we are eating there. I hope it's everything I imagine it is; I've heard great reviews about that burger!


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Yayyy for Oswald ears. I won't lie, picturing Matt getting carried off in a crowd of happy video game nerds is the funniest thing ever. (I'm sorry, Matt!!!) I'm just picturing flailing arms and everyone else being completely oblivious and I can't stop laughing.

Grand Floridian Cafe! You don't hear much about that one, so I'll be curious to hear about it!
YAY indeed! And yes, that story really is THAT funny. I was worried no one else would laugh at it and think it was as funny as I did, but OMG, I was dying. Poor Matt.

I know! I only heard about it after a friend had the GF Burger (the one with lobster on it), and I knew I had to eat there. I just forgot about it until we were looking for another ADR to add! I am SO excited about it!
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:02 PM   #273
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Sorry Matt - I laughed too! (I think it was the "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!" that did it for me!!) Glad he was able to escape those pesky escalator crowds!

Your Oswald ears and pin are amazing!

I have always wanted to see the Haunted Mansion makeover for the holidays! PLEASE take lots of pictures!!!!!!
Hahaha, I'm glad you thought it just as funny. I mean, I don't think he shouted nooo but I like to imagine he did. OMG so funny.

Thanks, I love the ears! I think I will have to wear them during one of our trips!

I will take lots of photos!! I am SO excited about the HM Holiday makeover, I can't even begin to tell you. Like, I wouldn't be surprised if that's the first thing we try to go on, or at least get a Fast Pass for! I can't wait to see it and then report back on it!!


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LOVE non-Disney updates! If it weren't for those, I wouldn't have barely anything to post on my PTR!

EPCIMICKEY!!!! PAX looks like fun! My guys would LOVE it, alas, we live in the middle of rural-nowhere and so there are never cool gaming conventions near us! Boo.

Cannot wait to see your pics of HM Holiday and hear about your tour! I think it's a great idea to not have too structured plans! Cannot wait to see those luggage tags!!!
HAHA YAY! I'm glad you enjoy my non-DIS updates! I love them too! It's fun getting to know the people behind the PTR/TR, ya know? And yeah, my PTR would be crazy slow sometimes if I didn't update on non-DIS stuff!

Epic Mickey looked AMAZING! I got to play it for 10 minutes and talked to a designer and it was just great. We're VERY excited for its release! It is a bummer for the people far away to have no PAX! Maybe they'll eventually have another one closer to you guys!

Yeah, I'm excited for the HM Holiday and also our tour! It looks super interesting and it'll be great to see the parade from awesome seats, too!

We're not too huge into planning out every movement while in the parks, but since we're there for only a few days we kind of need to be a little more strategic in getting things done. I'm excited to show off my tags, too! I just need to get my butt over to Kinko's and get them taken care of!


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I totally LOL'd at the visual of Matt getting sucked into the crowd!

Also, I love love love the Oswald ears!
Hahaha it was SO funny! I kept giggling all weekend and Matt just kept looking at me like, "Are you seriously STILL laughing about that?!:

I love them, too! They're awesome and are actually really high quality!


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September sounds like such an exciting month for you guys!

The comic book shop around here does game nights every week where you can demo a ton of different games. Right now, we're obsessed with Arkham Horror.

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September is a pretty exciting month for us! I have to admit, that much time for me being away from home/Matt/my doggies is a little overwhelming and kind of bums me out, but I'm going to do my best to keep myself busy/occupied while I'm on the east coast. I think the only time it'll be hard is when I'm in NYC and in my room alone at night. BUT we both have video chat on our iPhones, so that helps!

That's awesome about the game demos! We actually own Arkham Horror but my only issue with it is how long it takes to play it. We have another game that is very similar to it, but takes less time and I LOVE it. Problem is, I can't remember the name of it off the top of my head right now, hahaha. I know it's a Flying Frog game though.

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Old 09-06-2012, 01:09 PM   #274
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Welp, I come bearing not the most amazing news for us ever, but it's not the end of the world.. so no, we're not canceling our trip or anything like that, so don't get too panicked, haha.

So, the past 2 Januarys that we've gone to Disney World, we have always flown with with Alaska Airlines. Biggest reason? They are the only airline that flies nonstop from Seattle to Orlando.

This is a huge deal for us, since that flight directly to Orlando is around 5 hours, so saving ourselves time to get on our vacation is great.

They've always run this red-eye flight every night in January, and we've never had a problem booking. They usually add this red-eye flight in September, as this is typically when they make their winter schedule changes.

However, I noticed that they made some schedule changes a few weeks ago... but they only have the red-eye flying on Fridays and Saturdays.

Um, this is a problem because we were banking on this flight being available every night, and planned on taking the Thursday night flight.

So I waited a few more weeks, holding onto hope that they would decide to add this flight again. No dice.

I finally ask the Alaska Airlines twitter person, figuring it can't hurt, but I probably wouldn't get a response. But I did actually get one! But not what I was hoping for...

"Hi Danielle, We just released our winter schedule two weeks ago, so the chances probably aren't that high. That said though... we did end up adding flights back to the schedule in November last year for the early part of this year. ^DS"

Okay, "DS", you don't understand, I am not waiting until November to gamble on the possibility of a red-eye being added only 2 months out from our vacation. Heck to the no!

I might also add that we are sticking with Alaska Airlines because I get an amazing $99 companion fare code for use once per year (basically we pay full price for one of our seats, and only $99 for the other seat)... That and their nonstop flights to Orlando were obviously appealing for us.

Just to recap, our original plan was to leave THURSDAY night (January 17th), and get into Orlando on Friday January 18th very early in the morning...

SO, that being said, we have two flight options at this point:

Option A: We would leave on Thursday January 17th at 9am, and arrive in Orlando at 5pm.

PROS:
  • We would basically get another evening/kind of a day in Disney World.
  • We would be very well-rested to enjoy things Thursday evening and Friday we would not need a nap since we'd already be in Disney World.
  • We also have the benefit of taking a DIRECT flight to Orlando, which is very huge for us as we like to get there ASAP.

CONS:
  • We'd both have to take off an additional day of work, basically so we can fly all day, and we wouldn't get to the resort until 6:30pm. Taking an extra day off of work is the biggest con here.
  • We'd also have to book an extra night, which Matt would have to talk to his parents about, and if that doesn't work, we'd have to look into booking one night at a Value resort.
  • If we are able to book an extra night at Beach Club Villas, this would ALSO mean we may have to pay for an additional day of DDP (unless we can do a split stay and not get moved from our room).

Option B: We would leave on Thursday January 17th at 6:20pm, fly to San Diego, have an hour layover, then fly from San Diego to Orlando and arrive on Friday January 18th at 6am.

PROS:
  • We are still taking a red-eye and wouldn't have to take an entire day off from work for this flight.
  • We'd get in at 6am, which is earlier than the original red-eye we were hoping to take.

CONS:
  • We'd have to leave work early on Thursday in order to catch a 6:20pm flight.
  • The flight has a layover in San Diego, meaning we're flying for around 8 hours and 40 minutes total because of the 2 hour and 40 minute flight to San Diego.
  • We'd be getting in at 6am on Friday and would probably be pretty exhausted, but also have a good chance that our room wouldn't be ready and then what would we do? Parks wouldn't be open that early...

So, we obviously have a lot to think about. Additionally, we need to see what Bruce and Amy are thinking, because they have more options for flights to Orlando since they're not stuck looking at Alaska Airlines only.

I guess this is where I need your help! Help me decide on what we should do here!

We're leaning towards one option more than the other, but I feel like it always helps to have other people's opinion on these things, too.

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Old 09-06-2012, 01:33 PM   #275
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ah, see, we love how long Arkham Horror takes to play. We've never played any of the flying fish games, but I always wanted to demo them!

I totally think you should take the earlier flight in. Connecting flights make me anxious, since there are more things that can go wrong. That, and you can't really argue with more time in the 'World. It sucks that you'd have to take an extra day off work, but with the other one you said you'd have to leave early anyways... just my $0.02! and maybe if you book a flight now, and the red eye becomes available, you can just switch?
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If you can take an extra day off work, I would go with Option A. If you want to hang onto the extra day, I'd go with Option B. I think that's what it would come down to if it were my decision. I much prefer to take non-stops, but I also like hanging onto my vacation days if possible (actually, I did it so much this year that it's where my DLR trip was born...I had to use them or lose them!)

When I flew from Rochester, NY (where we used to live) to Orlando, Jet Blue used to have direct flights and then they moved to all their flights going through JFK...I love Jet Blue, but we started flying AirTran instead. There's something to be said for a direct flight!!

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September sounds like such an exciting month for you guys!

The comic book shop around here does game nights every week where you can demo a ton of different games. Right now, we're obsessed with Arkham Horror.

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ah, see, we love how long Arkham Horror takes to play. We've never played any of the flying fish games, but I always wanted to demo them!

I totally think you should take the earlier flight in. Connecting flights make me anxious, since there are more things that can go wrong. That, and you can't really argue with more time in the 'World. It sucks that you'd have to take an extra day off work, but with the other one you said you'd have to leave early anyways... just my $0.02! and maybe if you book a flight now, and the red eye becomes available, you can just switch?
The name of the game Dani was talking about is Touch of Evil. It's a lot of fun! Definitely a simplified Arkham Horror. Though I also love Arkham Horror (my preference for long term games is much higher than Dani's, haha).

Also, I 100% agree with your line of thinking. More time in WDW is always better.
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My opinion is you should do the first one! You'd have to take the day off work, but yall were able to pull it off last minute last year, right?

Value resorts aren't that bad, I promise! Plus, one night wouldn't hurt. AND hello, extra time at Disney!
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I would so go for the extra day (as long as your able to get it off work?)
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Option A - IF!!!!! you can swing the extra expense AND you aren't going to have any trouble taking the extra day off work.

If you have any reservations about either of those two things, definitely go with Option B. You can always catch a little snooze in the lobby if your room isn't ready and you're sleepy!

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Totally option A. I just think the extra layover/time and then arriving so early when your room might not be early vs. a straight flight, having a relaxing arrival night/dinner, and then being well rested to hit the parks the next day sounds much better!

But...I will ALWAYS go for the extra day if you ask me! I would go an extra day over and over until I was there for a YEAR if I could!
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I'm going with option A. A value resort will be fine for a night. I wouldn't go through the hassle of adding on a night, dining plan, etc. Just value resort it and get some rest, IF taking an extra day off work isn't a big deal.

And was that nerdy reference just for me? Because I feel like it was, and I'm going to tell myself that it was like my own personal little shout-out.
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If you can take another day off without hassle and can swing the added expense I'd go for option A and stay at a value. That way you wouldn't have to ask for more points or worry about dining plan for that night.
Option B isn't terrible though! If you consider time to get off plane, get through airport, Magical Express, and breakfast there is a very good chance your room will be ready when you finally get there! Or close to it. Plus the time of year you are going ups those chances. We have checked in The Boardwalk at 8:30 a.m. in late May before and our studio was ready! I just reported we would be checking in that early so maybe that helps. And the money you would have spent on that Value room could go towards shopping
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ah, see, we love how long Arkham Horror takes to play. We've never played any of the flying fish games, but I always wanted to demo them!

I totally think you should take the earlier flight in. Connecting flights make me anxious, since there are more things that can go wrong. That, and you can't really argue with more time in the 'World. It sucks that you'd have to take an extra day off work, but with the other one you said you'd have to leave early anyways... just my $0.02! and maybe if you book a flight now, and the red eye becomes available, you can just switch?
It's been awhile since I've played it! It's not to say that I don't enjoy long board games, but that one I think took longer since we were still learning the game itself. Flying Frog (Hahaha I'm laughing at myself for calling it Fish, I'm a goob), makes some fantastic games!

I agree with the connecting flights thing! I mean, we'd only have a 1 hour layover in San Diego, and that doesn't seem like a whole ton of time! And like you said, MORE TIME IN DISNEY WORLD! It's really the whole extra day off that made me a little nervous... But like you said, we'd have to leave early anyway for Option B!

We made a final decision, which I will post about tomorrow. But thank you for the advice; it seriously helped!


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If you can take an extra day off work, I would go with Option A. If you want to hang onto the extra day, I'd go with Option B. I think that's what it would come down to if it were my decision. I much prefer to take non-stops, but I also like hanging onto my vacation days if possible (actually, I did it so much this year that it's where my DLR trip was born...I had to use them or lose them!)

When I flew from Rochester, NY (where we used to live) to Orlando, Jet Blue used to have direct flights and then they moved to all their flights going through JFK...I love Jet Blue, but we started flying AirTran instead. There's something to be said for a direct flight!!

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Yeah it's tough, because the hardest part is the whole extra day off. I feel a little guilty taking off 7 days from work... but then I realize that I have the full on right to take off that time, soooo yeah, haha. The non-stop is SUCH a huge plus, especially for such a long-distance flight. The fact a direct flight there is 5 hours is kind of crazy!

I looooove JetBlue, and so wish that they had a direct flight from Seattle to Orlando, but they don't. Wompwomp.


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My opinion is you should do the first one! You'd have to take the day off work, but yall were able to pull it off last minute last year, right?

Value resorts aren't that bad, I promise! Plus, one night wouldn't hurt. AND hello, extra time at Disney!
Ahhh I know, Option A does sound way better! We were able to pull it off last second, but I was working at a different company at that point. That and my job was WAY less busy than my current job, haha.

It's funny, I have no issue with Values! Growing up, we stayed at Carribbean (moderate, but I LOVED that resort) and then All Star Music and I thought they were amazing! I think if we go back without DVC points, we'll probably do a moderate... but we were thinking if we do one night in a Value, we'd LOVE to see AoA!

And um, heck to the yes, one extra Disney day... So very tempting!


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I would so go for the extra day (as long as your able to get it off work?)
Haha I know, it just sounds way more appealing! I bet you guys think I'm crazy for not just going with that option right away! It's the work thing that left me a bit hesitant... but we figured some stuff out so I'll be posting about it tomorrow!
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