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Old 06-24-2012, 10:39 AM   #31
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first trip!!

Last time I went to Disney,I was twelve! Now I am planning my first trip for my DD's 5th bday with DH and it would be his first trip there ever! I've been trying to do my homework. So far I like POP as my resort. Ive heard about the meal plan possibly being free. But besides that, I'm not sure. DD bday is the 8th so I would try to fly out of NJ the night before. Any tips anyone can offer would be much appreciated. Also I am trying to be as frugal as possible but if I can't I can't.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:25 AM   #32
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Hello everyone! We have been all over the board on dates for our first trip with the kiddos, but I think we are set on February 2013 now! Don't know where we are going to stay yet, although we are hoping for AoA. We'd like to go the last week of February, but we still have to play around with the dates. I didn't realize it was the princess half marathon that weekend. Does that raise room rates?

I can't wait to book our trip! Sounds like packages are still not available though, right? I guess I will wait...not so patiently...
President's Day week is also winter break for many in the Northeast.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:09 PM   #33
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Joining in, you already have me on your list yay
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:21 PM   #34
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I've been end of Feb and was able to swim. For those who've gone early Feb, were you able to swim?
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:42 PM   #35
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Hey everyone!

First off, I'd like to thank artemis908 for inviting me to this thread

This looks like the perfect place to pass some time before the big trip next year. This will my first vacation to DW, and I'm super excited and still learning the ropes at the same time. So far I've had a really pleasant experience with the forum, and I won't hesitate to ask any questions

I guess I'll start with a random question regarding that time of year. Will Kali River Rapids and Fantasmic be open?

Thanks in advance

P.S. I'd love to join the FB group as well!
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:45 PM   #36
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Hi sommergirl25! I got you added to the list. Please send me a PM and then I will get you onto the Facebook group. We are all very chatty on there!
Thank you! I haven't posted much so it won't let me. I will pm you when I get to 10!
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:53 AM   #37
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sassymama6! How exciting you get to take your DD and DH for their first trips! Just wait until your DD sees the castle for the first time!!! In the past Feb. has offered free dining, so I am hoping for that as well. I think that is the best way to go as far as getting the best deal. We have stayed at Pop the last 2 trips and we love it there! I am from NJ also, but we fly out of Philly.

I will add you to the roll call list as undecided dates until you let me know definite dates. Send me a PM and I will get you into our FB group. We are very chatty on there!
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:09 AM   #38
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Erina! Glad you are joining us! How exciting for your first trip to DW!! You are going to love it! Do you know dates or resort yet? I will addd you to the list as undecide until you let me know. I looked up last year and Fantasmic was playing in Feb. but it looked like the middle of Feb. Easywdw has the January 2013 schedule up and Fantasmic is showing throughout Jan. so I am sure it will be showing in Feb. as well. I looked to see about Kali River rapids and couldn't find if it was open or closed. Maybe someone else knows about that??? If you have other questions, please ask away!

Just send me a private message and I will get you added to the FB group!
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:56 AM   #39
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Hello everyone! We have been all over the board on dates for our first trip with the kiddos, but I think we are set on February 2013 now! Don't know where we are going to stay yet, although we are hoping for AoA. We'd like to go the last week of February, but we still have to play around with the dates. I didn't realize it was the princess half marathon that weekend. Does that raise room rates?

I can't wait to book our trip! Sounds like packages are still not available though, right? I guess I will wait...not so patiently...
If the room-only rates are any indication of "peak season/value season" rates for packages - I can tell you that Presidents weekend the prices start to jump up and I'm assuming run through President's week.

I have my room-only reservations booked for Mardi Gras week (the week before President's Day week) and the last day or two of my trip have higher rates. This is what my rates look like for 2/7 - 2/14 for my room-only reservation.

Thu, Feb 07 - value season weekday price
Fri, Feb 08 - value weason weekend price (bumped about $12)
Sat, Feb 09 - value weason weekend price (bumped about $12)
Sun, Feb 10 - value season weekday price
Mon, Feb 11 - value season weekday price
Tue, Feb 12 - value season weekday price
Wed, Feb 13 - value season weekday price
Thu, Feb 14 - peak season weekend price (bumped about $50)

Since President's Day is the Monday right after that, I can only assume that the peak season pricing continues through that weekend at least.

Last year, Free Dining was offered the week before President's Day and ended on Thursday. You had to check in by the Thursday before President's Day in order to be eligible for the Free Dining promotion - President's week was blocked out.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:34 AM   #40
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Hello! Count me in! I'll be there for the Princess Half. I don't know exactly the dates or hotel yet, as i'm not sure who is coming with me yet, but i'll be there!
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:46 AM   #41
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I'd like to be added, please!

We are going 2/22-2/28. Not sure which resort yet.

I'm also running the Princess Half and doing the 5K with my daughter who will turn 6 during our trip.

(To any ladies running (or thinking about running) the PHM: If you haven't already, come join the thread on the Wish board!)

Also, I'd love to join the FB group--could someone tell me how?

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:24 PM   #42
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You're going to be there at the same time and at the same resort as we are. I'm traveling with a friend. We are going to WDW first and then take a 3 1\2 road trip from Orlando to San Francisco and back to Orlando again. Our route is starting to take shape, but we still have A LOT of planning to do before we leave home.

I'm from Norway and my friend is from Sweden. Because my friend is from Sweden we are able to use the offer at the UK website. Our flights to and from the USA and our WDW part of the vacation is booked. We still have to book our rental car.



Oh WOW! You really have a trip there. I will only be traveling 670 miles to Disney. Takes about 10 hours. (more or less). I hope you have a safe and wonderful tip! Welcome to the USA. Hope to bump into you there.

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Old 06-25-2012, 02:44 PM   #43
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Add me in! Just booked this morning for Feb 13-18th at Port Orleans Riverside, riverview in the Alligator Bayou section ( bldg 14 we hope).
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Oh WOW! You really have a trip there. I will only be traveling 670 miles to Disney. Takes about 10 hours. (more or less). I hope you have a safe and wonderful tip! Welcome to the USA. Hope to bump into you there.

It would be fun to bump into you there.
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I knew you had made this thread but kept forgetting about it when I would come on disboards. Finally remembered and I am on the list already Thanks for starting the thread
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