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Old 09-03-2013, 03:17 PM   #1591
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Halloween & Christmas Party Tickets

SOG Facebook post today. No word on prices.

Our Attraction Sales Office is now selling tickets for Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, Disney's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Disney's Very Merry Christmas Party. Stop by today to pick up your tickets or call 407-824-1403 for more information.
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Old 09-03-2013, 06:10 PM   #1592
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Everyone cross fingers for me that the stars align.
All fingers and toes crossed and lots of Pixie Dust coming your way!
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:16 AM   #1593
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Thanks. I'm still working on dh. But I am fairly sure he'll come around in a day or so. lol

I know this might be sacrilege, but I think I might look more closely at POR. I was thinking at first that my parents could grab us from the airport but that won't work (and we'll need a return to the airport). So that means a towncar or car rental. I know I can get a rental down to what I'd pay for a towncar, somewhere around $100, but then there's parking cost at SOG. Ultimately, POR total is coming to about $100 more (over the 5 days) than SOG. That is pretty much break even because I would be able to use ME instead.

I have to make a list of pros and cons I think. I know I've always said that as soon as we could just have one child with us we'd go back to on property resorts. Uggh. But now I'm wondering what the best thing is.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #1594
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Thanks. I'm still working on dh. But I am fairly sure he'll come around in a day or so. lol

I know this might be sacrilege, but I think I might look more closely at POR. I was thinking at first that my parents could grab us from the airport but that won't work (and we'll need a return to the airport). So that means a towncar or car rental. I know I can get a rental down to what I'd pay for a towncar, somewhere around $100, but then there's parking cost at SOG. Ultimately, POR total is coming to about $100 more (over the 5 days) than SOG. That is pretty much break even because I would be able to use ME instead.

I have to make a list of pros and cons I think. I know I've always said that as soon as we could just have one child with us we'd go back to on property resorts. Uggh. But now I'm wondering what the best thing is.
Make sure to list the park buses on your list. When we stayed at FQ, most of the time we had to ride around to all the other PO bus stops. Not always. Sometimes in the AM we would leave straight from FQ to a park. POR has 4 bus stops. FQ has 1. It was usually FQ was first then we went to POR but not always. And drop off at night started at POR and ended at FQ. Certainly not a deal breaker, just annoying.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:05 PM   #1595
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Make sure to list the park buses on your list. When we stayed at FQ, most of the time we had to ride around to all the other PO bus stops. Not always. Sometimes in the AM we would leave straight from FQ to a park. POR has 4 bus stops. FQ has 1. It was usually FQ was first then we went to POR but not always. And drop off at night started at POR and ended at FQ. Certainly not a deal breaker, just annoying.
yeah, that too. There are a whole bunch of pros and cons, really. I really enjoy that the SOG buses are so prompt and easy. And I really enjoy that SOG is so convenient to MK.
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:45 PM   #1596
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Well, we just got back Monday night from a fabulous stay at Wilderness Lodge Club Level, and we have decided we want to go back for Christmas in Dec 2014. I was looking at prices and I think I refuse to pay $200 a night for Pop, that's a little less than I paid for BWI with the military discount. So, I think Shades is going to be our best bet for that trip.

When will I be able to book Dec 2014? I want to make sure I get booked plenty ahead of time. I am looking at probably Dec 23 thru Dec 28, 2014.
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Old 09-04-2013, 03:02 PM   #1597
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The discount for Sept 2014 is it for all categories?
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:30 PM   #1598
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Well, we just got back Monday night from a fabulous stay at Wilderness Lodge Club Level, and we have decided we want to go back for Christmas in Dec 2014. I was looking at prices and I think I refuse to pay $200 a night for Pop, that's a little less than I paid for BWI with the military discount. So, I think Shades is going to be our best bet for that trip.

When will I be able to book Dec 2014? I want to make sure I get booked plenty ahead of time. I am looking at probably Dec 23 thru Dec 28, 2014.
You can book one year out. So I would start checking at the beginning of December and book it as soon as the calendar opens. And, by the way, how exciting to celebrate Christmas at Disney! Have a blast!
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:32 PM   #1599
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yeah, that too. There are a whole bunch of pros and cons, really. I really enjoy that the SOG buses are so prompt and easy. And I really enjoy that SOG is so convenient to MK.
Be sure to take into account the much larger rooms and more private baths at SOG. I also prefer not to have to go outside for everything.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:34 PM   #1600
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OK, in case I haven't mentioned it ... in the last 10 minutes ... 10 days to Disney!!!!!

Anyway, for those of you familiar with my trip reports (and those who aren't ... yet), I am trying to think of a new contest for this year's trip. I did a "where in the world" photo contest and a "what in the world" photo contest. Any ideas for this year??
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OK, in case I haven't mentioned it ... in the last 10 minutes ... 10 days to Disney!!!!!

Anyway, for those of you familiar with my trip reports (and those who aren't ... yet), I am trying to think of a new contest for this year's trip. I did a "where in the world" photo contest and a "what in the world" photo contest. Any ideas for this year??
How about a "who in the world?"
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:57 AM   #1602
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Be sure to take into account the much larger rooms and more private baths at SOG. I also prefer not to have to go outside for everything.
The room size is usually my biggest plus, but we only have one child with us this time so it isn't going to be a huge deal. But I love the bathroom option at SOG, with the separate changing area. That's so ideal for a family. And, it is nice that everything is inside if the weather is lousy..

(thanks for adding to the pro list.)

Oh, and there is starbucks inside SOG.
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OK, in case I haven't mentioned it ... in the last 10 minutes ... 10 days to Disney!!!!!

Anyway, for those of you familiar with my trip reports (and those who aren't ... yet), I am trying to think of a new contest for this year's trip. I did a "where in the world" photo contest and a "what in the world" photo contest. Any ideas for this year??

Congrats Jane.. Love reading your trip reports and can't wait to see the new photos you post. (Especially the improvements at Shades and the new Fantasyland.) It looks like we are going to cross paths at Shades for a few days in February so I will be playing, "Where in the world is Leo?"
Have Fun...
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The room size is usually my biggest plus, but we only have one child with us this time so it isn't going to be a huge deal. But I love the bathroom option at SOG, with the separate changing area. That's so ideal for a family. And, it is nice that everything is inside if the weather is lousy..

(thanks for adding to the pro list.)

Oh, and there is starbucks inside SOG.
Bathroom! Huge Pro. I looks like since the renovation the bathroom counter space is better. We traveled with 3 (1 teenage girl) and the amount of counter space for 2 females and dad was not enough

There isn't really a closet either and if you use the safe - it's tiny. Wallet size.
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Bathroom! Huge Pro. I looks like since the renovation the bathroom counter space is better. We traveled with 3 (1 teenage girl) and the amount of counter space for 2 females and dad was not enough

There isn't really a closet either and if you use the safe - it's tiny. Wallet size.
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LOL those royal guest rooms at POR would give me nightmares. Crap.
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