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Old 02-01-2013, 06:36 PM   #196
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Luv - you will find it difficult to book in the Epcot area at seven months. Usually it clears out some on NYD but with the weekend two days away I think it will be tougher next year. Even OKW is tough at 7 months. I would love love love to get Boardwalk, but think I will have to be content with OKW.

Bonnie - What goes on at DD on NYE? Maybe we can head over there instead of a park.

I am planning to spend a few days with my family - kids and spouses before the cruise which is why we are talking about a beach place. one DS and DDIL are teachers that have to be back in school on 1/2.

From what I read there are some game places that cost to enter. The stores do stay open. We're planning on an early dinner (currently thinking of T-Rex on our dining plan) and just walk around. We did read somewhere that there are fireworks, too. We're coming in from the West coast so we think we'll be able to stay up til midnight (body time 9pm)!
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Luv - you will find it difficult to book in the Epcot area at seven months. Usually it clears out some on NYD but with the weekend two days away I think it will be tougher next year. Even OKW is tough at 7 months. I would love love love to get Boardwalk, but think I will have to be content with OKW.

Bonnie - What goes on at DD on NYE? Maybe we can head over there instead of a park.

I am planning to spend a few days with my family - kids and spouses before the cruise which is why we are talking about a beach place. one DS and DDIL are teachers that have to be back in school on 1/2.
What might be available at 7 mos?
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:22 PM   #199
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Luv2 - call right at 7 months and grab whatever you can - most likely Saratoga maybe OKW, but you might get AKL. you could do a wait list for an Epcot resort. If we decide to stay at WDW instead of the beach somewhere, that's what i will do.

Thanks for the info, Bonnie! I guess I could have just asked my DD since she lives there and works at WDW (AKL).

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Luv2 - call right at 7 months and grab whatever you can - most likely Saratoga maybe OKW, but you might get AKL. you could do a wait list for an Epcot resort. If we decide to stay at WDW instead of the beach somewhere, that's what i will do.

Thanks for the info, Bonnie! I guess I could have just asked my DD since she lives there and works at WDW (AKL).

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Which of those 3 is closest to Hollywood Studios?
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Luv2 - closet to DHS: none of the three big DVC resorts - otherwise Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin. The last two have lots of discount rates for teachers, govt workers, nurses, military etc. All three are easy walking distance to Hollywood Studios.

Packing today for the Wonder 2/11 leaving next Saturday. We are doing Tequila and Tacos excursion in Cozumel and the shorter Stingray City snorkel on Grand Cayman. Getting excited!
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So in regards to discounts for nurses.... May police officers.... What do you need to do to get that rate? Tell the TA?
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:58 AM   #203
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Luv2 - closet to DHS: none of the three big DVC resorts - otherwise Boardwalk, Swan and Dolphin. The last two have lots of discount rates for teachers, govt workers, nurses, military etc. All three are easy walking distance to Hollywood Studios.

Packing today for the Wonder 2/11 leaving next Saturday. We are doing Tequila and Tacos excursion in Cozumel and the shorter Stingray City snorkel on Grand Cayman. Getting excited!
I was hoping to use DVC points to save $$. Will have to go with what's available. Hopefully the Disney transportation won't be so bad.

Which would he easier in terms of transportation out of SSR, OKW, and AKL?
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I was hoping to use DVC points to save $$. Will have to go with what's available. Hopefully the Disney transportation won't be so bad.

Which would he easier in terms of transportation out of SSR, OKW, and AKL?
I have only stayed at SSR, but the resort has 4-6 bus stops, I was half asleep most times we made it back, so that could take a little while to get back/leave depending on your stop.
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Discounts at Dolphin (and I think Swan)

From what I understand you tell them when you book and perhaps show id. I work for IL (state employee and have a friend that does this a lot.) I don't know this from personal experience, only what I have been told. Imagine your TA could inquire.

Of course there could be blackout times.

Concerning bus transportation to the parks, OKW and SSR have several stops, AKL has two. Having a DD living and working there, I usually have access to a car.
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From what I understand you tell them when you book and perhaps show id. I work for IL (state employee and have a friend that does this a lot.) I don't know this from personal experience, only what I have been told. Imagine your TA could inquire.

Of course there could be blackout times.

Concerning bus transportation to the parks, OKW and SSR have several stops, AKL has two. Having a DD living and working there, I usually have access to a car.
I posted on the dvc boards and got the answer below. I'm going up try for AKL if I can and can't get an EPCOT area reservation.

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I would put AKL at the top of the list with OKW and SSR tied for last place. With AKL, the bus goes to Kidani first, then to Jambo House, then to the park...no other stops. Yes, it is a bit further out, but I like the lack of addtl stops. If you are going to DTD, the bus will stop at Jambo first, then to Kidani.
I have found the mulitple stops within OKW and SSR to be a bit annoying. If you are at the first stop, then it could be at least 15 mins before you leave the actual property!!!! There are mulitple stops within each resort.
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I agree that the stops at SSR and OKW are annoying which is why I always make sure I have access to a car. I love Kidani, but I still love Boardwalk first and have great fondness for my home resort OKW which was the only DVC resort when I bought in!
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:59 AM   #208
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Hello all,
I've requested to be accepted in the FB group. I was on the Jan 12th 2013 Eastern Fantasy cruise and it proved most useful and allowed us to meet on the ship just by recognizing us from our FB pictures ...
I've also started to plan ahead (love doing that) as I will celebrate my 40th onbard and as we'll have a week in WDW after the cruise ...
We'll stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge but we will try to take a quieter pace and only really do the things that we loved last time we went and also discover the new stuff ... Planning one day in each parks and definitely one day to go around the other hotels and have a look at them ... A bit of Downtown Disney in the mix and we should have a great week ... We are currently debating in splurgining in a dinner at Victoria & Albert ... Did any of you went already ?
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Excited! I think my friend is goin to join us on this cruise!

I will add all the Facebook requests later today after work.

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So all the FE stuff is going to be organized on facebook rather than here?

I requested to join the group
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