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Old 12-05-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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Cool To soon?

Is it to soon to start planning for our next trip? We just went in July for the 1st time. This next time We are bringing my parents. So 4 adults and 2 kids, almost 10 and 4. I am wanting to go back for my 30th birthday. The is in April of 2014. So is it to soon to start planning? I did our 1st trip on the fly planned it in a month. This time I want to have options. Thoughts?
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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It's never too soon to start planning!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:29 PM   #3
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Not at all too soon. You could price out your options, whether you're doing all out dream vacation or budget vacation, add say 2-6% for inflation, then make a savings plan.

If you have the Disney Visa or other benefits cards for flights etc, this far out, you could really make a plan to maximize savings from them.

You could also do a timeline, ie in "Aug 2013, make room bookings", "Oct 2013, make dining reservations".

Vacations are over so fast, a big part of the fun is the anticipation!
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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Nope. Not too soon at all! We haven't even made our first trip yet and we are already starting to plan our second for October of 2014.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:42 PM   #5
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It's never too early to start planning a Disney vacation! Part of the Magic is in the planning, anticipation, and excitement of it all We are starting to plan our November 2014 trip too!!! Come on 2014! I need my next Disney fix
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:10 PM   #6
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I say it's not too soon. We haven't even gone on our first family trip and I'm already mentally planning the next one. LOL. We're going in January 2013 and I don't think they released the 2013 rates until September 2012, so you probably won't be able to book anything for a while. I started planning our January trip around February.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:37 PM   #7
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Never too early! We currently have two trips booked, but i already have plans for september 2014 too! It's so much fun to plan and anticipate. I agree with others, planning this early could really help with a savings plan.
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Not at all too soon. You could price out your options, whether you're doing all out dream vacation or budget vacation, add say 2-6% for inflation, then make a savings plan.

If you have the Disney Visa or other benefits cards for flights etc, this far out, you could really make a plan to maximize savings from them.

You could also do a timeline, ie in "Aug 2013, make room bookings", "Oct 2013, make dining reservations".

Vacations are over so fast, a big part of the fun is the anticipation!
Thats a great idea with the timeline! Im a super planner like its seriously an issue I have to plan for my parents also. And they are on a super tight budget.

I know a few things I think I want:
*I know I want to do a girls breakfast with the princesses for me, dd and mom.
*I think we want to stay on site so we dont have to worry about a car. My parents have to fly in and we will be driving down. So we will have one car. Just not one all of us can fit in.

I guess I just need to scour the site for more info
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #9
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Too soon? You meant that rhetorically, right?

If you haven't already figured it out, the DIS is filled with people who (A) love to think about Disney everyday and (B) love to plan. Planning is half the fun! So as most will tell you - it's never too soon.

We went the first time in Jan 2010, got back and immediately starting planning for our second trip with my parents in Dec 2010. We got pregnant with twins so we haven't been back since! Next trip is Sept 2013 and, yes, I am already planning.

The more you read, the better prepared you will be stay at the best place, get the best prices and make changes.

Some thoughts to get you started on where to stay for a group of 6 on a tight budget (or at least you said your parents were) - You'll either need two rooms or a suite. A suite can be more economical than two rooms at some places. However, DVC members rent out the 'points' they would use for suites at the moderate and deluxe resorts at a price that is much less than the rack rate. So you could stay at the DVC suites in say the Contemporary for a comparable, or cheaper, price than two rooms at a moderate resort. This can get complicated by discounts or incentives (free dining) offered on the rack rate rooms that are not available for DVC rental. I recommend taking a look at David's Vacation Club website. He runs a great matchingmaking site for renters and rentees.

I didn't know DVC rental my second trip. So I found the a cabin at FW to be very economical for us and only be a boat ride from the MK (where we spent most of our time).

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:46 PM   #10
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Nope, when we went last time; we were already planning the trip we just took and November and the trip we plan to take next April.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:24 PM   #11
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It's ever to early! I'm planning a trip in January 2014 and thinking (a lot) about a trip in December 2015.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:00 AM   #12
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I agree! Never too soon!! So fun planning and thinking about it!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:31 PM   #13
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We haven't gone just yet but I imagine it's never too soon to start planning! I have a feeling will be planning our next trip while we're still there! LOL!
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:58 PM   #14
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It's never too early! We just back in September and are already planning a trip for July
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:36 PM   #15
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Never too early! We usually start planning our next vacation as we're pulling out of the parking lot on the last day of our current trip. Planning is half the fun!
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