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Old 09-15-2012, 07:39 PM   #16
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Since we are going to be a Disney for Christmas, the subject has come up about presents and how if we are going to exchange gifts there it needs to be small stuff cus we are flying.

DD 7 said: can Santa leave my presents at home and just give me a picture? Then she said oooh little, how about an ipod touch?

DD11: said, I am good with surprises!

DH and I were talking, and we think we are going to do tickets to WWHP, and gift cards for them to shop for more souvies. IDk about that ipod touch. DD 11 has one, but she got it at 10. DD7 is well, a little rougher!

We are going to start pin trading, so I asked them: Whos your fave character?
That way, I figured we can get a lanyard with that character, and a special pin for them to keep, a tshirt and a stuffed animal to round out their christmas gifts they'd get it the first morning we are there, and be ready to go. (plus the starter booster pins I am giving them before hand)

DD7: Marie from Aristocats.
DD11: Stitch
Me: Maleficent, oh wait no one asked me
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Old 09-16-2012, 01:48 PM   #17
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What a lovely, kind thing for your father-in-law to do.
I agree that the Universal tickets are absolutely crazy!
And not to worry about the food plan. The snack portion has a lot of things on the menu at OKW that you can use as a small meal. We always have credits left over and we never felt hungry once.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:14 PM   #18
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Well, the dining plan is getting upgraded. Lol.

We had a candlelight processional package already, then I added 1900 Park Fare. Then hubby wanted me to check out the F! Package, by the time we do three, its cheaper to get the regular DP instead of QSDP.

So, in search of ADRs I go. Lol

We have: Le Cellier, Kona Cafe, Mama Melrose, 1900 Park Fare, WCC, and The Plaza. I want BoG, so I will be stalking and if I score give up the plaza.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:34 AM   #19
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*paid in full dance*

Current ADRs:
12/25 Le Cellier (CP package)
12/26 Tony's (still stalking for a BOG)
12/27 Tusker House (1030) Wishes Dessert Party
12/28 Mama Melrose (F! package)
12/29 1900 Park Fare Dinner
12/30 Kona (bfast)
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:13 AM   #20
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I have enjoyed reading over your trip plan!! I, too, have been there at Christmas. It was truly a magical experience.

Here are a couple of thought I came up with as I was reading through your plan:

*A great way to end the night at MK is the Wishes Dessert party. My DD13 LOVED it. It is a pre-paid event that can be booked roughly 60 days in advance. Last year December reservations opened on 10/4. There are a limited number of seats so there is no crowding to see the show and Tinkerbell flies RIGHT OVER YOUR HEAD!!!

*I know the special of getting 4X fuel points in over at Kroger but they usually do it again during the weeks leading up to Christmas. You could buy your DDs Disney giftcards as Christmas gifts that they can use for souvenirs. As an added bonus you would get your 4X fuel points.

*When we were there for Christmas we were able to buy a small pre-decorated Christmas tree from the resort (AS Sport). It had some Disney ornaments on it. It was really cute.

*I ditto a PP who said that the carousel at the Beach Club is worth the trip. You could easily take a quite walk over to the Beach Club on your Epcot day. The International Gateway entrance is a very short walk from the Beach Club. I doubt it would take more than 30 minutes.

*On your HS day try to stay until it gets dark. The Osbourne Spectacle of Lights is amazing!!!

**Most of all - have fun honoring the memory of your late FIL!!!!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:57 AM   #21
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I forgot to add: After we left the World we found out that you can 'order' celebrations directly to your room. See the link below for many options:

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Old 09-27-2012, 04:38 PM   #22
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finally someone who is going to be their the same time as us and at the same hotel except were checking in on the 22nd and checking out the 28th
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Old 09-27-2012, 04:41 PM   #23
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I have enjoyed reading over your trip plan!! I, too, have been there at Christmas. It was truly a magical experience.

Here are a couple of thought I came up with as I was reading through your plan:

*A great way to end the night at MK is the Wishes Dessert party. My DD13 LOVED it. It is a pre-paid event that can be booked roughly 60 days in advance. Last year December reservations opened on 10/4. There are a limited number of seats so there is no crowding to see the show and Tinkerbell flies RIGHT OVER YOUR HEAD!!!

*I know the special of getting 4X fuel points in over at Kroger but they usually do it again during the weeks leading up to Christmas. You could buy your DDs Disney giftcards as Christmas gifts that they can use for souvenirs. As an added bonus you would get your 4X fuel points.

*When we were there for Christmas we were able to buy a small pre-decorated Christmas tree from the resort (AS Sport). It had some Disney ornaments on it. It was really cute.

*I ditto a PP who said that the carousel at the Beach Club is worth the trip. You could easily take a quite walk over to the Beach Club on your Epcot day. The International Gateway entrance is a very short walk from the Beach Club. I doubt it would take more than 30 minutes.

*On your HS day try to stay until it gets dark. The Osbourne Spectacle of Lights is amazing!!!

**Most of all - have fun honoring the memory of your late FIL!!!!!
Thanks! We have little things planned to remember him for example: we are going to pick a pearl and let the girls get it set. My fil and DH both used to harvest and sell freshwater mussels to buyers for the cultured pearl industry. 98% of cultured pearls have a us freshwater mussel "starter seed" to get the oyster to create a pearl. Cool huh?

I wonder how much the dessert party is...
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finally someone who is going to be their the same time as us and at the same hotel except were checking in on the 22nd and checking out the 28th
Awesome! Are you as excited as me????
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Ahoy from another December traveler and fellow overplanner! I think you are doing a great thing with the money you received from FiL’s passing and he would be happy with such a joyous celebration in his honor. Good call upgrading to the full DP, I think it will be worth it for you and the fam. Looks like some good reses, nice job swinging Le Cellier on Christmas

We also have two daughters and were planning for December of 2013 but complications including our DDs being 11th & 8th graders respectively. We didn’t want to try for a trip during school (I work during the “holidays” so we have to go in early December plus I’m a crowd avoider) their freshman/senior years of HS. And we’re struggling with having to put my MiL in assisted care due to her health and pain levels

As for going to WWHP I think it is a perfect present for your fam and is worth the one day admission price. Plus Seuss land is pretty cool to look at and Jurassic Park and Toon Landing have some great water rides. And you thrillseeker DD will like the Hulk Coaster. My DW and I went there in April of 2011 and had a blast

For transportation we used the MEARS shuttle busses. It is cheaper than a taxi and they do pick up/drop off at the front entrance of your resort – just have to call 24hrs in advance. The price is $36 per adult round trip, not sure what the child rates are.

Looking forward to hearing more!
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Ahoy from another December traveler and fellow overplanner! I think you are doing a great thing with the money you received from FiL’s passing and he would be happy with such a joyous celebration in his honor. Good call upgrading to the full DP, I think it will be worth it for you and the fam. Looks like some good reses, nice job swinging Le Cellier on Christmas

We also have two daughters and were planning for December of 2013 but complications including our DDs being 11th & 8th graders respectively. We didn’t want to try for a trip during school (I work during the “holidays” so we have to go in early December plus I’m a crowd avoider) their freshman/senior years of HS. And we’re struggling with having to put my MiL in assisted care due to her health and pain levels

As for going to WWHP I think it is a perfect present for your fam and is worth the one day admission price. Plus Seuss land is pretty cool to look at and Jurassic Park and Toon Landing have some great water rides. And you thrillseeker DD will like the Hulk Coaster. My DW and I went there in April of 2011 and had a blast

For transportation we used the MEARS shuttle busses. It is cheaper than a taxi and they do pick up/drop off at the front entrance of your resort – just have to call 24hrs in advance. The price is $36 per adult round trip, not sure what the child rates are.

Looking forward to hearing more!
Thanks for joining! We didn't have a choice, his wishes were to do something fun with this part of the money. He knew if he didn't stipulate it it would be used for practical things. Lol I had to place my mom in a nh this past May, so I understand those issues.

I'm concerned about ioa because of the crowds....
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Well, I ordered some pins off eBay from one of the good list sellers on the dis. We got 25 awesome pins, new in package to start. Including a package of vinylmation pins, with a mystery pin, that turned out to be the fairy godmother! Since you can't divide 25/2, I made the made the mom call to keep the FG. not for trade!
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I wonder how much the dessert party is...
When we went in June it was approx. $25pp and well worth it.
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When we went in June it was approx. $25pp and well worth it.
Thanks! Looks like it might be $35 or 40 our dates. Currently stalking the web to see if they open the ADRs.
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Just saw this and thought it might interest you:

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