Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 04-22-2013, 09:04 AM   #676
disneynanacat
Lovin' Disney Too!
 
disneynanacat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Posts: 672

Quote:
Originally Posted by BeerMe View Post
yes - there are lots of them. Go to a marathon sometime and watch. Lots of overweight people are runners.
OK, I stand corrected on the overweight runners!
__________________
disneynanacat is offline  
Old 04-22-2013, 09:06 AM   #677
Paula Sedley-Burke
Proud to believe in Rainbows and Unicorns...
 
Paula Sedley-Burke's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Essex, UK
Posts: 4,604

Quote:
Originally Posted by disneynanacat View Post

OK, I stand corrected on the overweight runners!
This is where you read the last post none of the above posts on this sub topic and wonder how on earth did we get to overweight runners lol..
__________________
Dixie Landings 2000, Port Orleans 08, SSR 09, SSR 10, SSR 11, Disney Dream 2011, SSR 12, Disney Dream 2012 , AKL 13, SSR 13 , VWL 13, Disney Dream 2013, POR 2014, SSR 14, AKV 14, BCV 14, , Disney Dream 2014, VGF 14, AoA 15, Disney Magic 15, SSR 14, VGF 14

May 2014 Pre trip report - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3236860

( Me ) , (DW)

Paula
Paula Sedley-Burke is offline  
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 04-22-2013, 09:06 AM   #678
nadiakim
Disney yesterday, today and forever!
 
nadiakim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 143

Japanese Death March

Okay, don't worry I have made plenty of mistakes in our last two trips.

Our first family vacation ever was in 2011 to where. My Happy Place. First off I had been on disboards for a few years since my last trip with just my dd at the time who was 3 in 2007. Well the mistakes I made then were trying to do All 4 disney parks and a water park in 5 days. Lets talk about exhausted. I found myself many times racing through parks to get to meet and greets and park rides in early August, with CM's constantly telling us to slow down add the fact I had my dd in an umbrella stroller. LOL, then counting on my friends friend who was a CM to meet us at the parks each day to get us in for free. Well three out of the four days he couldnt meet us and I ended up having to buy tickets anyway and we had wasted time trying to get in touch with him each day. PAIN

On the first family vacation I had done a lot of planning. And put a chart together, had a lot of ADR's and all the days for each park mapped out.

What I failed to do was a number of things.

1. Pick the rides to get on in each park other than the few I knew I wanted to get on.

2. Plan to be in the park from RD to end of night. We were there end of Sept
and it was hot as hell and humid. My kids at the time were 2, 5, 7. My poor DH has sensitive skin and all the walking non stop in the heat broke him out all over. And nothing he used would allieviate him. He to this day says I had the family on a Japanese Death March. Its funny now. But man he was cranky and so were the kids. Well my son anyway.

3. Spend more time at the resort. For both recent trips we still have not spent much time getting to enjoy our resort. Primarily because we had base tickets to save money since we always add a day for IOA we are litterally in parks every day with no down days. I did learn my lesson some with our recent November trip but it was also cooler weather and my DD had tons of homework to do so we spent about 2 hours every morning waiting for her to stop messing around and get her homework done! I will never go again when the kids are in the throws of school. Just too much homework. I spent half my vacation stressed trying to get her to get it done each day.

4. I also learned after I ended up cancelling a bunch of ADR's not to plan a bunch with small kids. At the time my youngest dd was 2 and after the secoond night of eating in a reastaruaunt by night three we were at CRT and she was acting up half the time wanting to get down and run around. I was not able to enjoy the experience as much nor the food.

5. I know some say they wont drive again but I will not. We have a 15 hour drive and we do commando and drive straight through the night with limited stops. I love it as its a great adventure. DH takes the first shift and I try to sleep. then when he gets tired I start powering on the energy drinks, put my tunes on and just drive away. And now we have the new van equipped with a tv and power plug the trip was actually quite nice. And we save a ton of money as flights for a family of 5 could cost us easily another 2k depending.

6. Okay another one is I will not go to park before getting us settled at our resort. In november 2012 we decided to go to Melbourne to a beach for two days before coming to Disney. We had a blast the fam was all relaxed it was a great weekend. When we got to SSR to check in at 1pm the room was not ready. I asked for the text when it was but it was the last day of the F+W festival and I really really wanted to experience some of it. I am a food lover and the idea of foods from all over the world at my fingertips was too enticing. So I begged DH who really wanted to settle in the room first and get the kids fed if we could just hurry over to the park. Big mistake. Kids were starving, my DS was having a melt down fifteen min after we got in the park and my DH was uber pissed. DS wanted a pretzel and DH said no. Well ten min later DS was melting down and DH was like fine, only we were far away from one of two of the only places to get a pretzel. LOL So DH and DS went on a mission to find him something because now he was over the hill upset and wouldnt eat anything. Me and my two DD's had to wait to find tables at La Cantina, cause man was Epcot Crowded, plus it was veterans day too. Anyway DS ended up with chips and DH was beside himself. The day got better but DH stewed half the time and never let me forget how upset he was I didnt let us get things unloaded and get kids settled first. Also about one hour into the time at the park we got the text our room was ready. That sent him over the top.

At this point I apoligize for the story. I'm a writer so telling stories comes naturally. LOL

7. So getting back to #1 With all this planning I hyped with DH we get into our first park on the first fam trip and its AK and I am looking around like a lost child. LOL I think I was just stunned. It took me a few days to get into a groove but mostly I hadnt done specifics when planning where to go inside the parks and that was a major mistake. My husband grilled me the whole week about what the heck I was doing on disboards for all that time and what was I researching bcecause

Turns out mainly looking at food options By trip two in Novembmer I had a much better plan and needless to say kids got on almost every thing they wanted. With the exception of Soarin because that day of the F + W festival ended up being our only day in Epcot. We were only in Disney for six days total and one was spent in IOA and the seventh day was preparing to go home. Oh which ended up being an awful day. The night before we were at Boma for diner and my DD, 3. Slept all evening and wouldnt eat. Well she neded up being sick still. And I woke up early that morning thinking I had indegestion and by the time we were getting ready to go home I had become full on sick THAT was a miserable drive home!!!! I almost think it would have been worth booking another night somewhere just so I can recover. Not sure I want to have a 15 hour drive anywhere again where I spend most of the time hunched over spewing my brains out. Sorry for the TMI

8. This last time we went I forgot to check where we were staying and make sure it was close to the pool. I just lost my head when I went to check in and we ended up being in a horrible spot across a big a@@ parking lost having to lug all our pool gear and 3 kids. Big mistake. This time when I made ressies for Sept. I made sure to request beign by the pool.

9. Trying to fit a family of 5 in a studio! Even though DD was 2 we were so cramped. In 2012 I rectified this by putting us in a 2 bedroom. Imagine my shock and awe when I walked in and saw how much space we had LOL..

10. Not planning fast passes better. I'm still not that great with it. But will get better.

11. In the first family trip we did not line up early enoug for parades and fireworks and so we didnt have that great spots. I even listened to a lot of people say on here do the second parade for MNSSHP thinking it would be less croweded and it wasnt!!! We were all worn out and should have just done the first one and prepared enough time at least an hour to find ourselves a spot and hang out. We did not make this mistake again when we went to MVMCP in November. We got in the park and at about 5:30 promptly headed to a great spot on the hub to see the parade. We had great seats and the most magical part was when Cinderellas prince saw my dd, 3 dressed in her cinderella dress in her stroller and he blew her a kiss!!1 The best part is I got it on video with my iphone!

12. Not let DH get enough sleep. He was a cranky SOB on this past Novembers trip. And was killing my happy place. I think I will also try to check with him a head of time to see what his needs are to make sure they are taken care of so I don thave to hear it. otherwise I'm going to start leaving him at home lol

13. Base tickets. I felt so limited and it was hard to be flexible. I knew we only got a certain number of times to go to each park and that made me cram more stuff into single days instead of being willing to leave the park early if people were wanting a break. If I can help it I'm going to spend the extra dough for hoppers. Fourtunately I am DVC and caught the awesome deal when we were there so I have AP's for the next few trips.

14. Oh and standing right in the main circle by the yard with the Disney statue just in front of that small circle during Wishes. Great view So much sulfur and debree from the fireworks was falling down and getting in our eyes. That was one I had never encountered before. Next time I think I'll stand back further. Must have been the way the wind was blowing, it was cold that night. Could have just been random occurance.

Okay thats enough. Sorry for the long list.
__________________
DL1985,1987DW,1991DW,1997DW,07DW,DW2011, DW2012 DVC Owner-Check out my book trailer http://youtu.be/806STb6O2Xc

ME DH DD (8) DS (6) DD (3) 115 Days till Disney Vactaion

Last edited by nadiakim; 04-22-2013 at 10:03 AM. Reason: remembered another one
nadiakim is offline  
Old 04-22-2013, 09:13 AM   #679
disneynanacat
Lovin' Disney Too!
 
disneynanacat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Posts: 672

Quote:
Originally Posted by Paula Sedley-Burke View Post
This is where you read the last post none of the above posts on this sub topic and wonder how on earth did we get to overweight runners lol..
I know. Hilarious!
__________________
disneynanacat is offline  
Old 04-22-2013, 09:32 AM   #680
suzimar57
when i do put some makeup on, he's stunned!
loose screw i find in his work pants
It's cheesy, in a fun sort of way!
 
suzimar57's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Bergen County, NJ
Posts: 7,931

the one mistake i've made over and over is planning a park on arrival day - it always turns out to be a bad idea (since we're tired from being up early from the flight, usually have a headache, etc)

last trip we stayed at our resort and soaked our feet in the pool until the room was ready - just relaxed, ate lunch, hung out

by the next morning we were rested and 1000% ready to go

this is what worked for us, and we'll do it again next trip!
__________________
1981 Offsite 1995 CR 1997 ASSP 1998 ASMU 1999 DLP 2000 ASMO 2001 ASMO 2001 ASMO
2002 ASMO 2003 CR 2003 ASMO 2004 CR 2004 CR 2005 PC 2006 CR 2007 PC 2008 PC 2015 AOA
suzimar57 is offline  
Old 04-22-2013, 08:38 PM   #681
rroberts
The family that vacations together, stays together
 
rroberts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 33

Quote:
Originally Posted by suzimar57 View Post
the one mistake i've made over and over is planning a park on arrival day - it always turns out to be a bad idea (since we're tired from being up early from the flight, usually have a headache, etc)

last trip we stayed at our resort and soaked our feet in the pool until the room was ready - just relaxed, ate lunch, hung out

by the next morning we were rested and 1000% ready to go

this is what worked for us, and we'll do it again next trip!
Question on this. If you get there before check in, where do you change into / out of your swimwear. Just use the bathrooms? Also some of the resorts are going to start putting in gates that your room key will have to open to get into. Will they give you a key to use before checkin so you could use the pool? I'm thinking how BLT is, but I hear that is going to be used in other places.
rroberts is offline  
Old 04-22-2013, 09:12 PM   #682
lizzi6692
DIS Veteran
 
lizzi6692's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Indiana
Posts: 689

Quote:
Originally Posted by rroberts View Post

Question on this. If you get there before check in, where do you change into / out of your swimwear. Just use the bathrooms? Also some of the resorts are going to start putting in gates that your room key will have to open to get into. Will they give you a key to use before checkin so you could use the pool? I'm thinking how BLT is, but I hear that is going to be used in other places.
You can check in before the official check in time, your room just may not be ready yet. Also even though your room may not be ready you will get your key to the world card as soon as you check in.
__________________



Previous Trips:
September 2010: Caribbean Beach
May 2011: Coronado Springs
December 2011: Pop Century
Next Trip:
December 2013: Port Orleans French Quarter Pre-Trip Report
lizzi6692 is offline  
Old 04-22-2013, 10:44 PM   #683
JustAKid
DIS Veteran
 
JustAKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 891

Quote:
Originally Posted by disneynanacat View Post
Ever see a overweight runner?
Cripes!
__________________
DH - his brother, DBiL and Me - Plus 3 - DD(8) DD(6) DD(4)
JustAKid is offline  
Old 04-23-2013, 01:45 AM   #684
orplem
Earning My Ears
 
orplem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 14

Quote:
Originally Posted by songkat View Post
I agree about not doing too many large meals in one day. Back in 1995, during the day we spent at HS, we had lunch at 50's Prime Time Cafe and made reservations for dinner at the Brown Derby. Mistake #1.

Showed up at the Brown Derby for our reservation, went in, ordered expensive food we weren't hungry for, and left most of it on our plates. Mistake #2.

After making Mistake #1, we should have showed up at the Brown Derby only to cancel our reservation. We would have been happier with a light dinner or snack and would have saved a lot of money.

Thankfully, it only took that one time for me to learn from that mistake. We've never repeated it. In fact, one of our habits at least once during each trip is to have a sundae for lunch at the Plaza Restaurant. Without eating lunch first. It fills us up and we don't feel like we're overindulging on a big lunch plus a big dessert.
Thank you for this advice! I have those exact reservations planned for our trip in June except our HBD reservation is tied to Fantasmic! I have been concerned about this very thing (that it will be too much food for one day) and you have now convinced me to make a change!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!
orplem is offline  
Old 04-23-2013, 07:26 AM   #685
Racemom17
Mouseketeer
 
Racemom17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 368

Quote:
Originally Posted by rroberts View Post
Question on this. If you get there before check in, where do you change into / out of your swimwear. Just use the bathrooms? Also some of the resorts are going to start putting in gates that your room key will have to open to get into. Will they give you a key to use before checkin so you could use the pool? I'm thinking how BLT is, but I hear that is going to be used in other places.
They will give you the Key to the World Card...even if the room isn't ready and then text you your room number when it is ready.
__________________
Tina, Vince and the boys


Racemom17 is offline  
Old 04-23-2013, 10:38 AM   #686
BlueStarryHat

Just picture everyone sitting at the computer in their underwear
 
BlueStarryHat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,713

I went to WDW in 1998 with two of my cousins, who refused to have a plan and could only get time off work in July. Big mistake. Spent most of the trip standing around trying to decide what to do next, and nearly died from the combined effects of heat/anxiety attack brought on by crowds. By the end of the trip I felt as if I'd just been on the Bataan Death March.

Lessons learned-1. Never go with "No-Plan-More-Fun" people, and 2. NEVER go in July, or at any peak time.
BlueStarryHat is offline  
Old 04-23-2013, 10:59 AM   #687
goodfood4ursoul
DIS Veteran
 
goodfood4ursoul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southern Virginia
Posts: 558

Quote:
Originally Posted by disneynanacat View Post

I ended up having to call and rent an ECV for the rest of the trip. I got first aid at Epcot first aid station.

Beware of moleskin!!
Egads. You are a trooper!

I have not tried it on something so....widespread, but
New Skin liquid bandage was made for things like that:
http://newskinproducts.com/products/liquid_bandage.aspx
__________________
Getting there is half the fun~


















yep
goodfood4ursoul is offline  
Old 04-23-2013, 08:59 PM   #688
samacita
Mouseketeer
 
samacita's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 356

Quote:
Originally Posted by disneynanacat View Post

Very misinformed statement. I'm a petite woman who's weight flux between 126 - 135 pounds. It does happen when body parts rub but you don't have to be a certain body type. Unless you "body type" is bow legged" it can happen. The Body Glide product I recommended above is primarily sold in running shops. Ever see a overweight runner?
Body Glide is in my bathroom cabinet and I use it for long runs (i.e., over 15 mi.) but never need it for walking or hiking. Running creates unique chafing issues that don't occur in other situations. Didn't intend to offend anyone. Just didn't want the PP to feel pressured into buying it if not needed.
samacita is offline  
Old 04-23-2013, 09:12 PM   #689
carissa1970
DIS Veteran
 
carissa1970's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 834

Quote:
Originally Posted by samacita View Post

Body Glide is in my bathroom cabinet and I use it for long runs (i.e., over 15 mi.) but never need it for walking or hiking. Running creates unique chafing issues that don't occur in other situations. Didn't intend to offend anyone. Just didn't want the PP to feel pressured into buying it if not needed.
I appreciated the info, but my motto is to always be prepared!! I will keep my two that I ordered from Amazon, and if we don't need them, that's just fine. Maybe I will see someone else in need of one and I can share.

carissa1970 is offline  
Old 04-23-2013, 09:49 PM   #690
samacita
Mouseketeer
 
samacita's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 356

Quote:
Originally Posted by carissa1970 View Post

i appreciated the info, but my motto is to always be prepared!! I will keep my two that i ordered from amazon, and if we don't need them, that's just fine. Maybe i will see someone else in need of one and i can share.
samacita is offline  
Closed Thread



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:20 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: