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Old 01-16-2013, 04:14 PM   #1051
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New to the boards. Congrats to the winners!!! Kirby, the Polynesian is AMAZING! Never stayed there, but had a few meals there and explored it on my last trip. It's my dream resort.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:19 PM   #1052
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Oh forgot to ask or maybe I skipped reading it - Kirby what time did Ventura call?
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:32 PM   #1053
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Congrats fellow Oregonian, Kirby!! What part of OR are you from? I live in Salem I am so excited for you!! Maybe theyll pick TWO families from Oregon so I can win too
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:10 PM   #1054
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Congrats to the 2winners so far and good luck to the rest of us!

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Old 01-16-2013, 05:16 PM   #1055
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Congrats Kirby!!
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:38 PM   #1056
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Congrats Kirby! What an awesome way to have a 1st trip to WDW!!!
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:51 PM   #1057
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Yay Kirby! That's exciting!
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:58 PM   #1058
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Okay dis-ladies and men!! I joined these boards this week to get helpful hints and tips for our upcoming trip that we won!!!! My husband was chosed for the Jan 5th drawing!! We have never been to WDW before and are super excited to take our 3 boys!! Any hints from past winners would be greatly appreciated!
Congratulations!

The Polynesian would be my pick also. It's in such a great location, and watching Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach at night is wonderful. As for January/February...we used to go at that time every year. Crowds are relatively low as long as you avoid: Martin Luther King weekend, President's Day week, and marathon weekends. There are a lot of South American tour groups there at that time of year, but they're not too bad as long as you don't get in a line behind them and as long as their enthusiasm doesn't bother you.

The main reason we stopped going then is weather. It's SO unpredictable. It can be hot or cold, or both in the same week. We've visited a water park and needed coats in the same trip. Also, I worried on this end about snow/ice keeping us from getting to the airport. I also worry about cold/flu season.

Of course, there are pros and cons to every single time of the year that you could possibly choose lol. Overall, I like early-mid February (low crowds, usually nice weather but unpredictable, tour groups), mid-September (very low crowds, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, face-of-the-sun hot), and late October (awesome weather, Halloween Party, medium crowds) best. Early-mid December is nice for holiday decorations, but becoming more crowded each year, I think. Weather can be iffy too.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:13 PM   #1059
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Congrats fellow Oregonian, Kirby!! What part of OR are you from? I live in Salem I am so excited for you!! Maybe theyll pick TWO families from Oregon so I can win too
I live in The Dalles! And no one here knows yet so shhhhhh dont tell my secret!! Some one else asked but my boys are 12, 9, & 7. When we go they will be 13, 10 and 8!! Now I am leaning towards October lol Any tips for October travel??
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:16 PM   #1060
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Congrats fellow Oregonian, Kirby!! What part of OR are you from? I live in Salem I am so excited for you!! Maybe theyll pick TWO families from Oregon so I can win too
I'm also from Oregon! I live in Corvallis. Wouldn't it be great if they picked three families from Oregon?
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:19 PM   #1061
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I live in The Dalles! And no one here knows yet so shhhhhh dont tell my secret!! Some one else asked but my boys are 12, 9, & 7. When we go they will be 13, 10 and 8!! Now I am leaning towards October lol Any tips for October travel??
October is great! Crowds are still pretty low, and you have the Food & Wine Festival and Halloween events to enjoy! I love Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (which you would have to pay extra for) and the fall decorations in the Magic Kingdom
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:55 PM   #1062
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Congrats to our new winner! Have fun planning! The DIS is a great place for advice and suggestions.

I was just over at sweeps advantage and there are two people there getting Disney trips --NOT this contest, but hey, a trip is a trip. One won through ESPN, I never saw it in the Disney listings and when I finally found it I found out why -- the word Disney was never in the write-up. Epcot was, so maybe I will start expanding my search to park names, .

The other person won $20,000 in an H&R Block FB contest and said they are using some of the money for a Disney trip.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:43 PM   #1063
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Thanks Everyone!! We are super excited! We live in Oregon so we are really happy to be going to Florida. I have been looking at the resorts and think the poly. What do you all think?? We have 3 boys and right now they are 12, 9, and 8. I want to push the trip out far enough so we could (maybe??) add a few days. I am nervous about the cost (big surprise) but not worried enough to not take the trip lol!! If they let us pick the dates I will do Jan or Feb 2014. Any thoughts/hints/tips/must dos I would love!!
Congrats on your win

You might could also look into the Beach or Yacht Club resorts. They share the storm along bay pool and your boys might really like that. The resorts are also very close to Epcot and DHS. You pretty much can't go wrong with any resort that you chose. Have fun planning!!!
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:52 PM   #1064
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Congrats Kirby!! What a great win for you!!

The Poly would be our first choice as well. Don't miss dinner at O'Hana - it is fantastic!
We have been in Sept, Oct, Nov and Feb. I would absolutely recommend fall rather than winter due to more reliable weather, Epcot Food and Wine Festival and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. As you can see from my sig pic, we attended the party and dressed accordingly. We would go again in a heartbeat, but I now work in a school and cannot get the time off. I am grateful we had the opportunity to go before this current job!

I am going to try to send you a PM with some other trip planning resources that we find helpful.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:19 PM   #1065
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Congrats Kirby!! That's amazing! I would love to go when it s decorated for holidays like Halloween, or Christmas!
My neice and nephew loved animal kingdom lodge! I stayed at Wilderness Lodge last time and thought it was amazing!
One thing that is a must do for a first trip is to be at the Magic Kingdom early enough for the opening ceremony/rope drop. So magical!!
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