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Old 08-02-2012, 04:58 PM   #196
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If I was going to drop 1 of the 3 it would be AoA. The resort itself looks adorable to be but maybe geared toward younger kids?(no flames please). I do want to try it one day tho( possibly May 2013g). I would think about how much time you are actually going to be spending at your resort, meal choices.etc. The less swapping the better.

As far as gift cards go, I have been budgeting them into my grocery shopping and picking them up $25 at a time. No big hit at once that way.
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can you make aoa 1 night and then add a night to one of the other stays?
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:12 PM   #198
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I like your combo of resorts, but I get the whole thing about the dining plan.

When I don't use a dining plan I always put money on a Disney gift card to pay for food. I find that its much easier. I like it because I'm not good with cash and room charges can get ahead of me. The restaurants will put on your receipt how much is left on the card.

Good luck deciding what to do.
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So tell me, what did you like eating at Landscapes of Flavor? I'm so excited about being there, I'm hoping we'll be staying at AofA at the start, just so Mackenzie and I can eat at Landscapes of Flavor.

How is the little man doing?
DH and I shared a Surf and Surf burger, YUM! But boy did we add on the calories, we asked for extra roumalaude sauce. It was amazing!! The little man had a gluten free pizza that the chef made special. For dessert dh and little man shared Baby Cakes brownies. They said they were nice and moist, loved the mint, chocolate and mocha frosting, but didn't like the vanilla frosting. I will be posting pics eventually on my perpetual TR.
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Camille, Mark and I used Disney gift cards for almost all of our meals last September, and I used them mostly in January for my meals as well...not a problem. I did, however, keep tabs on what I spent on the gift cards (I had a little chart with the card and it's number on it and the balance; I would then deduct what I spent and put it in the next column so I knew how much was left on each card).

Is there a reason you are thinking CSR and then AoA and not CSR and then POR? You know what my choice would be.
Good to know, Ms. Kat!! I'm pretty much leaning toward doing all three resorts again since I spoke with Mackenzie and asked her if she was game not doing the dining on each end, if she had stuck to doing only two resorts we would have (nothing like a cranky teenage girl on your hands when on vacation), but she said do all three. And to be honest, I think this will work out better doing the gift cards on each end of the trip since we had a few places we were going to eat out of pocket for anyway. (so as not to waste a table service on The Plaza and The Liberty Tree Tavern-didn't seem like a good use of a TS to me)

The reason we picked CSR and then AofA (if we went that way) was due to the fact that Mackenzie and I are beyond excited about seeing AofA!! I asked her what she would want to do and that's what she picked. I have no illusions in understanding the recesses of a teenage girls mind.
We've been watching it being built and watching all the details going into it, and the excitment has been building in us right along with the resort. I'm instructed not to show Mackie anything once AofA was opened, she wants to see everything when she's there. She said she wants to take it all in in person. She's so cute. She's said the same about the new FL too.

I'm not big on value resorts, but this one is special. My favorite movie is Finding Nemo, so you can't go wrong there and Mackenzie's favorite character is Little Mermaid. I figured there probably wouldn't be a better time to do this than when she and I are going without the guys, they'd just complain about making the moves. We probably will too, but this will be easier with the two of us. I thought for sure she'd pick POR after CSR, but I was wrong!
Oh and another reason is that it will be fairly new, fresh and clean. Can't ask for better than that!
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If I was going to drop 1 of the 3 it would be AoA. The resort itself looks adorable to be but maybe geared toward younger kids?(no flames please). I do want to try it one day tho( possibly May 2013g). I would think about how much time you are actually going to be spending at your resort, meal choices.etc. The less swapping the better.

As far as gift cards go, I have been budgeting them into my grocery shopping and picking them up $25 at a time. No big hit at once that way.
Those were my thoughts too when I was asking Mackenzie what she thought. But then she picked AofA, I'm excited to be staying there so it's still a win for me.
I really didn't want to spend more than a couple of nights there (I hate standing out in the sun or rain waiting for a bus) and I wanted it to be our first resort since we'd have almost the whole day when we get there to explore and take it all in, not to mention eating at Landscapes of Flavor once we got there. Eating at the resort is something we don't normally do other than the first day we're there or the last day before we leave.

GREAT idea about the cards!! I'll start doing that too!! Thanky you!
If you went in early or the middle of May we could maybe have a meet!!
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can you make aoa 1 night and then add a night to one of the other stays?
Thank you for you're input, Jen. But it seems Mackie has made up her mind.
She doesn't normally get too involved in the decision making so when she mentioned the three resorts and no dining on each end was a good idea, I couldn't argue.
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I like your combo of resorts, but I get the whole thing about the dining plan.

When I don't use a dining plan I always put money on a Disney gift card to pay for food. I find that its much easier. I like it because I'm not good with cash and room charges can get ahead of me. The restaurants will put on your receipt how much is left on the card.

Good luck deciding what to do.
Thank you Mary Ellen!
I'm starting to lean toward yours and many others brilliant idea of using a gift-card.
I thought it would be harder to come to this conclusion but upon hearing how easy it is and how much simpler it would make our stay, it just makes sense to give up the ghost and take the plunge! I guess I won't have to chew much longer, huh?

I think this may be the only time I could do this many resorts in one trip. With it just being Mackie and I doing the changes it meant that I could get a few more resorts under my belt. I hope to stay at every resort over time, this will help give us a good lead.
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DH and I shared a Surf and Surf burger, YUM! But boy did we add on the calories, we asked for extra roumalaude sauce. It was amazing!! The little man had a gluten free pizza that the chef made special. For dessert dh and little man shared Baby Cakes brownies. They said they were nice and moist, loved the mint, chocolate and mocha frosting, but didn't like the vanilla frosting. I will be posting pics eventually on my perpetual TR.
I appreciate the review, Michelle!!

I've been wanting to hear what everyone thinks about the food there.
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I'm sure Art of Animation will be a lot of fun. How much time are you planning on spending in your room?
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If you went in early or the middle of May we could maybe have a meet!!
That was my thoughts too. I got shot down by DH last night(he's not a big fan of me traveling without him) but I think this AM he maybe reconsidering. I'll keep you posted.
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I'm sure Art of Animation will be a lot of fun. How much time are you planning on spending in your room?
I am too.
Not much at all, we'll be staying in the LM section of course. Sleeping, showering, changing, that's about it. But that first day will be the best day to spend there on property since we'll actually have time to explore and take it all in.
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That was my thoughts too. I got shot down by DH last night(he's not a big fan of me traveling without him) but I think this AM he maybe reconsidering. I'll keep you posted.
Seriously excited! Here's some pixie dust to help out. Crossing my fingers too!!

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Seriously excited! Here's some pixie dust to help out. Crossing my fingers too!!

Yeah me too! I still haven't got a definite "yes" yet but I'm hoping.
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9 More months!!

9 MORE MONTHS!!!
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