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Old 05-15-2013, 07:59 AM   #511
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Hi all! Hoping to get some feedback on 2 different schedules for our trip, we're not sure which to go with? It is the 1st trip for both kiddos, and we want a mix of touring and RD combined with taking it easy and smelling the roses + extras. Here are the two options we are considering, which would you do? We have some ADRs doubled on different days, so we are hoping to nail things down, especially on MNSSHP.

18- arrival
19- HS (no Fantasmic!)
20- AK (1st for all)
21- EPCOT WS (Illuminations)
22- off day, Bayou Pirate Adventure, spa day, dinner ADR
23- EPCOT FW
24- MK, break, MK BBB/PL, MNSSHP
25- sleep in, 'Ohana bfast, Fantasmic! Dining package & show
26- MK
27- departure

Original plan, but now concerned about 10/24 MNSSHP crowds potentially.

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18-21 same
22- MK, break, MK BBB/PL, MNSSHP
23- sleep in, off day, spa day (no BPA)
24- EPCOT FW
25-27 same

Bummed about no BPA and having "off days" on 10/23 and 10/25 - would be nice to have more spacing between. But like the idea of less crowds on Tuesday MNSSHP.

Over planning, yes I am. TIA!
In my view - there is no such thing as over planning! I love planning!

I thought I'd let you know what really worked for us on party days - we don't hit Rope Drop. We relax, enjoy our resort, spend bunches of time at the gift shop and then go out for a really nice lunch. Then sometime after 4pm head over to MK.
Last year on a Tuesday we rode every ride and still saw the special party shows from 4pm until 11pm. We were all wiped out but had a great time!
The next day we slept in, went to Chef Mickey's for breakfast and then went to AK - a park that isn't so necessary to hit rope drop.

I'm guessing you already have your BBB/PL reservations? Will you have time to have lunch before those reservations? or after? You don't want to 'waste' party time eating dinner but you'll need to eat! LOL Better to have a big lunch and then snack or eat candy during the party!
I hope you find this helpful!
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:51 PM   #512
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:58 PM   #513
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In my view - there is no such thing as over planning! I love planning!

I thought I'd let you know what really worked for us on party days - we don't hit Rope Drop. We relax, enjoy our resort, spend bunches of time at the gift shop and then go out for a really nice lunch. Then sometime after 4pm head over to MK.
Last year on a Tuesday we rode every ride and still saw the special party shows from 4pm until 11pm. We were all wiped out but had a great time!
The next day we slept in, went to Chef Mickey's for breakfast and then went to AK - a park that isn't so necessary to hit rope drop.

I'm guessing you already have your BBB/PL reservations? Will you have time to have lunch before those reservations? or after? You don't want to 'waste' party time eating dinner but you'll need to eat! LOL Better to have a big lunch and then snack or eat candy during the party!
I hope you find this helpful!
Oh, thanks for replying! We (currently) have BBB/PL reservations for 3 different party days (over-planner alert). We'll cancel the 2 days we don't go to MNSSHP at some point. The latest PL we could get on any date was 3:30 pm though, all days we're considering - they haven't opened up later times yet and DS is set on being a cursed pirate for the party...

To all y'all out there, we'll likely be cancelling BBB/PL for 10/25 very soon, ruling out Friday for MNSSHP!!! So if you are looking for that, keep calling!!!

I'm not sure though if we should go in the AM until about 11 am then scoot to the resort for a spell (on what ever day we decide), and then return around 3 pm, or maybe go at say 1 or 2 and make a long day of it? We're also just thinking Cosmic Ray's after BBB/PL make-overs @ 5 pm.

Question: How was it going to bfast the next morning? We have 'Ohana ADRs for a late bfast on Friday, but I don't want to push the kiddos too far. The rest of the day would be pretty chill, with Fantasmic! Dining package at MM around 3:30 (F! at 7:30). I guess if we go for the Tuesday party, we might be hitting EPCOT the next day, so this could be a mute point. See what I mean, crazy!

We're adding 2 days to our 5-day pass, 1 day for our F! "dinner show" night, so to us it's really not to crazy for the extra $$ pp for just a 2-3 hours of park time for those days in the grand scheme of it all. We figured if did a dinner show like Cirque, it would be more $$ than adding 1 day to our pass + dinner!

Thanks for letting me continue with the crazy talk!
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #514
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #515
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Something like that

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Me too! I'm thinking there is trick that I don't know....
I do too! What the heck...there has to be some sort of pattern.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #518
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:12 PM   #520
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Headed down October 24th. Staying at Hard Rock Universal for 2 nights, then 7 nights at the Poly with the Free Dining Pin! We are taking our Niece who turns 16 that moth for her first trip to Orlando. It is a surprise for her.

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Old 05-21-2013, 12:43 PM   #521
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Argh! So jealous, but yay!

The DBF and I are planning a trip for Oct. 27- Nov. 1. It's a little last-minute, but having just come back from a May trip, we're both itching to go back and get a little more out of things.

Small question- it's a little obvious there's no free dining for Oct by the looks of it, but does anyone know if Disney is planning a deal for the end of Oct? Personally I'd rather just do a package through them then be buying things left and right for the trip, but if not I'll be getting crafty over here.
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Argh! So jealous, but yay!

The DBF and I are planning a trip for Oct. 27- Nov. 1. It's a little last-minute, but having just come back from a May trip, we're both itching to go back and get a little more out of things.

Small question- it's a little obvious there's no free dining for Oct by the looks of it, but does anyone know if Disney is planning a deal for the end of Oct? Personally I'd rather just do a package through them then be buying things left and right for the trip, but if not I'll be getting crafty over here.
Too early to tell if there will be packages/room offers for Oct. People have recieved FD pins for the time of your trip. Traditionally GP FD offers for fall are not released until mid summer.
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It is highly unlikely that free dining will be offered for those dates. You may get lucky with a room discount, but the October deals will not be released until July or even August.
I didn't realize there could be a RO discount for the October blackout weeks if no FD was offered. I kind of thought they went hand-in-hand. Our stay is currently scheduled for 10/8-10/14 due to great airfare we got, but I'm pretty settled on switching to a 10/18 start date instead if FD comes out (and if SW puts on a good sale again). They sometimes offer RO that time of year without FD being offered?
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Too early to tell if there will be packages/room offers for Oct. People have recieved FD pins for the time of your trip. Traditionally GP FD offers for fall are not released until mid summer.
I figured it was too early. Everyone is all about the summer deals right now with the free dining for Sept, and we're not going to bump up our date just for that.
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