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Old 08-29-2012, 09:39 AM   #271
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Guess who just booked her flight for the girls trip?!?!?!?

Since I had the approval from my boss, I decided to check out prices when I got home, and they just happened to have a seat sale going on at WestJet, so I jumped on it and am now booked! I come into LA at 9:05pm on Wednesday the 27th, and my flight leaves at 1:15pm on Sunday the 3rd to come back home.

Now I just have to figure out hotel. Jessica is not 100% sure she can afford to stay at HoJo, and I know I can't afford a room all by my lonesome, so if there is anyone I can room with, or who could like to room with me (Ive got a room booked with 2 queen beds at the HoJo), please let me know! I know it's still early, but I want to make sure I can cancel my hotel in time, if need be.
Does everybody stay at the HoJo? We LOVE the HoJo, but I canNOT BELIEVE their prices lately?!?! I don't get it! They are further down the road & their prices have just skyrocketed...I don't get what happened with that?!

I would love to stay there, but the Best Westerns are right across the street from the entrance & are averaging $111/night ($89 W/TH & $134 F/S) for the Park Place Inn & $102/night ($89 W/TH & $116 F/S) for the Anaheim Inn (with AAA membership).

I am waiting to find out if a friend is coming with me or if I'll be bringing my daughter (who would bring a friend to go hang out with-she LOVES this idea) before I can commit to a roommate...otherwise I would LOVE to split a room with someone!!!
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:41 AM   #272
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Beth I so agree about the exchanges. I find myself going overboard when I shop cuz I usually go in with a list of what my person wants and then I go crazy with little "extras" cuz I think oh isn't this cute isn't that cute and prob cuz it is all stuff I would want myself LOL. But that's half the fun. Not just getting something but making the package and getting excited to see the person get it!!

FYI for those who want to use Southwest they opened up their fares through the trip dates. Right now it is 83 to fly down on Wed and 135 to come back Sunday unless you take the last flight which is 83. Even then 83 is a little spendy times two esp since we have to buy 5 tix. Any flight gurus think they might have a sale between now and then or are we better off to get it now? Also not sure but if you buy a fare on southwest and it DOES go on sale can you repurchase and get a credit for the difference?

So jealous of those of you doing the half this weekend. We had REALLY hoped to do it next year but if Katy does cheer again there is no way because that is the first football game and they are really adamant about them not missing. So I am hoping maybe we can do the tinkerbell one in Jan of 14. She really wants to do it and Shelby and I are thinking about just walking the 5K. Just like mouse adventure I REALLY hope I can make it happen eventually. Katy has 3 5k's that she is already signed up for. She is doing one over 9/11 weekend that is called Race to Remember and it is really cool because as they cross the finish line they give them an american flag that they then place in a spot that represents someone who was killed on 9/11 and also all the proceeds go to the widdows and orphans of fire and police so really cool! Then there is one in apple hill that runs through the orchards and vineyards in Nov and she is doing one thanksgiving morning that is the run to feed the hungry. So she is all excited.

Love the trip talk and getting excited. It looks like for us since we are going down with the girls and the ex again that mom and I will prob go to the meet and greet and do the group photo and scavy hunt and then hopefully join you guys for breakfast and Sunday. Not sure if Katy's team will be in the cheer deal or not but either way it will workout since that is an off day. So glad to be able to participate in a few things this year!!

I like the idea of the group photo in DCA also. Something different!
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:42 AM   #273
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No, no you don't....I haven't ridden the swinging cars and I won't. I could barely stand to ride in the stationary cars........I HATE that ride.
hahaha....the secret to the swinging cars is "uppy arms"....the ride is TERRIFYING if you are clenched to the cage like I usually ride it! My friend convinced me to ride it with uppy arms...she SWORE to me it would work...she was right...you kind of go with the flow of the ride if you do. I've never actually been on the stationary cars! There are HILARIOUS youtube videos of people riding...I was laughing so hard at one I was crying!!
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:49 AM   #274
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Citty I didn't go the first year but I did the 2nd two and the Hojo was the main hotel the first few years as that is where we did our meet and greet but the last 2 they moved it to the carousel so some people started staying there and there was a big contingent who stayed at the Grand. I am not sure if people are going back to the Hojo this time or not but I don't think it really matters unless it is important to you to stay where others are.

I know for us my mom is almost 70 and has a bad knee so for her staying as close as possible to the parks is more important. We have stayed at Desert Inn and then Paradise Pier and the DLH the last few times. Probably will be back at one of the Disney hotels again this time unless the prices are outrageous.

It is just a preference and if you want to save money and find a cheaper place then the rest it's fine. There are plenty of opportunities to meet up with others at the meals and activities and such.
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:53 AM   #275
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I have not stayed there YET (will be this October for the first time) but right now the Anaheim Plaza Hotel is showing $74/night for a room with two queens during that time period.

Sorry that's the average. 59/night thursday and friday and 89/night friday and saturday.
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:56 AM   #276
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I have not stayed there YET (will be this October for the first time) but right now the Anaheim Plaza Hotel is showing $74/night for a room with two queens during that time period.

Sorry that's the average. 59/night thursday and friday and 89/night friday and saturday.
We haven't stayed there yet either, but have looked at it several times & it gets great reviews on TripAdvisor. It is a fair walk though...we've stayed at the Super 8 next to that. We decided we didn't like staying around the corner like that...we felt too far away. But if the prices is right & gets us there....
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Old 08-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #277
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Citty I didn't go the first year but I did the 2nd two and the Hojo was the main hotel the first few years as that is where we did our meet and greet but the last 2 they moved it to the carousel so some people started staying there and there was a big contingent who stayed at the Grand. I am not sure if people are going back to the Hojo this time or not but I don't think it really matters unless it is important to you to stay where others are.

I know for us my mom is almost 70 and has a bad knee so for her staying as close as possible to the parks is more important. We have stayed at Desert Inn and then Paradise Pier and the DLH the last few times. Probably will be back at one of the Disney hotels again this time unless the prices are outrageous.

It is just a preference and if you want to save money and find a cheaper place then the rest it's fine. There are plenty of opportunities to meet up with others at the meals and activities and such.
Thanks for the info!!! I forget to check the resort hotels -I'm an annual passholder right now & they give good rates sometimes. Just not too far in advance though.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:05 AM   #278
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Can someone send me the correct Facebook link for this group? I must be typing something wrong because I can't find you on facebook!
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:26 AM   #279
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hahaha....the secret to the swinging cars is "uppy arms"....the ride is TERRIFYING if you are clenched to the cage like I usually ride it! My friend convinced me to ride it with uppy arms...she SWORE to me it would work...she was right...you kind of go with the flow of the ride if you do. I've never actually been on the stationary cars! There are HILARIOUS youtube videos of people riding...I was laughing so hard at one I was crying!!
I may have to try this. I love roller coasters (we visit Six Flag Magic Mountain all the time) but the Wheel of Death scares the heck out of me. Lol.

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Here ya go: https://www.facebook.com/groups/218236978212194/
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Does everybody stay at the HoJo? We LOVE the HoJo, but I canNOT BELIEVE their prices lately?!?! I don't get it! They are further down the road & their prices have just skyrocketed...I don't get what happened with that?!

I would love to stay there, but the Best Westerns are right across the street from the entrance & are averaging $111/night ($89 W/TH & $134 F/S) for the Park Place Inn & $102/night ($89 W/TH & $116 F/S) for the Anaheim Inn (with AAA membership).

I am waiting to find out if a friend is coming with me or if I'll be bringing my daughter (who would bring a friend to go hang out with-she LOVES this idea) before I can commit to a roommate...otherwise I would LOVE to split a room with someone!!!
We haven't booked our room yet. I think my mom wants to stay a little closer to the parks so we are looking at BW PPI.
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I live in GA and would like to talk to MommaU4 about how she started this group. I would be interested in starting a group to go to WDW and would love information. Is there a way to private message you? Thanks
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Good morning, ladies! Is it really only Wednesday?? Gosh, it feels like the kids have already been back in school forever. I did take a vacation, right? I'm sure I must have, I have photos to prove it! LOL It's funny how easy it is to settle back into the same old routine.

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Come on now Lisa, I thought we were friends. Repeat after me...NO TIE DYE!

I think having the picture somewhere new in DCA is an excellent idea.
Amen! No tie dye. Been there, done that.

I like the idea of a photo in DCA. I am just really bummed because the princess photo with our tiaras on, has been a tradition and a nice one I think. Well, maybe something will still work out...

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I think I heard they are over by It's a Small World now.
Oh? Anyone else been lately that can confirm this? I know the princess photo isn't a favorite of everyone's, but I'd like it to still be an option for those who've enjoyed it in the past. We can still do a new one at DCA. But the tradition of the princess photo and then the Small World group ride, is one I'd like to see continue if at all possible.
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Ladies... I am so excited to see this as a new member! (I am still figuring out the app, however). I can't confirm now whether I'll be able to make the trip but I would love to get to know you all better regardless. (I feel like I already know Shelby of MyYearWithTheMouse fame). My name is Karisa (rhymes with Teresa) and I am in lovely sunny Phoenix. I am a newly single mom to two delightful boys ages 8 and 5. I can't wait to get to know you all and I really hope to be able to meet you in person!!!!

Oh... a picture.... how do I put a picture in here??? Guess I can't... it actually says "you MAY NOT post attachments". Boo.
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Does everybody stay at the HoJo? We LOVE the HoJo, but I canNOT BELIEVE their prices lately?!?! I don't get it! They are further down the road & their prices have just skyrocketed...I don't get what happened with that?!
I think right now, most ladies are booked at Hojo, BUT they did it with the much cheaper special discount rates. Now, they've changed things all around, but if you are signed up to get their emails, you'll get info about the cheaper rates that way.
I wouldn't stay there unless it was the discounted price. Otherwise, in my opinion, it's not worth it.



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Beth I so agree about the exchanges. I find myself going overboard when I shop cuz I usually go in with a list of what my person wants and then I go crazy with little "extras" cuz I think oh isn't this cute isn't that cute and prob cuz it is all stuff I would want myself LOL. But that's half the fun. Not just getting something but making the package and getting excited to see the person get it!!
I totally agree. I love shopping for my exchange person! It's fun.





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Hi, there! You can send me a private message, no problem. If you click on my name, a drop down bar should appear and you can pick the send private message option.
I used to live in MI and when I did, I started a group that went to WDW. We had over 40 ladies and it was a blast!! Much more planning since it's a bigger resort with more parks, but so much fun. Some members from that original group still get together yearly.
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Does anyone know if Mel posted the blue tee shirt, not the design but the color she has chosen? I asked her awhile back but never saw an answer. I really want to find a shirt before the stores have nothing but winter clothes.
Beth, while you were gone some of us discussed a group photo in CA since we can't do the Princess one. What do you think about a photo there?
Lisa wants tie dye in the hippie stand in Carsland. LOL
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Yes, I did mention something about a color I would like to use on Facebook. Would you believe I am going to try and use "teal blue" for our background? I believe I will use Hanes again, because the price is reasonable and they come in the size ranges we need. Derrick is supposed to have my design drawn up by the end of this month. I gave him the idea that was in my head, the type of art I wanted, and what to include in the image. I can't wait to see if what I have imagined, works. LOL! As soon as I have something in concrete, and figure out how to post a pic, I will post the image.
Unless you all trust me, and be surprised. Hee hee!



















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