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Old 01-27-2013, 01:31 PM   #46
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Same here!

Where is everyone staying? Trying to nail down a cheap place.
We are at the HoJo, which we booked way, way back over this past summer when we were first planning our trip. I know there are only a few days left, but they are running daily deals for the whole month of January through their Facebook page...the deals are pretty good, but we saved by booking early before rates started going up.

In other news, You can take the girls out of WDW, but you can't take WDW out of the girl...I have been slowly but surely sending e-mails to book meals for my trip. Waiting to hear back on a Carthay Circle reservation today, but besides that everything is booked! I am a huge fan of sending a leisurely e-mail whenever I want rather than getting up at the crack of dawn exactly 180 days in advance and anxiously hoping for a time I can actually make work!
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:36 PM   #47
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Is anyone else really worried about the crowd situation? We will only be in the parks two days, and I have accepted that we will not get everything we want done, but I am afraid we will be standing in 1-2 hour lines for everything and will only get to ride a handful of rides
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:53 PM   #48
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You only have a 1 day per park? That could be tough I would make a list of the rides you 110% want to get to.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:02 PM   #49
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Well, two day park hoppers, and we will probably be more at Disneyland than DCA, since there is more to do there. We will start one morning at each park, though.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:18 PM   #50
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We are there March 12-16. We are staying at the BWPPI. We are planning one meal that reservations are a must to me at the Blue Bayou. The rest are fly by the seat of our pants. Everyone going, have a great time.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:43 AM   #51
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We are at the HoJo, which we booked way, way back over this past summer when we were first planning our trip. I know there are only a few days left, but they are running daily deals for the whole month of January through their Facebook page...the deals are pretty good, but we saved by booking early before rates started going up.
Somebody else suggested this to me and I have since "liked" their page, but we have to wait for our tax return to book our room , so unfortunately we aren't able to take advantage of their daily deals! Too bad, I would LOVE to stay there!

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Is anyone else really worried about the crowd situation? We will only be in the parks two days, and I have accepted that we will not get everything we want done, but I am afraid we will be standing in 1-2 hour lines for everything and will only get to ride a handful of rides
We aren't going during high crowds, so I am less stressed about that. Though we decided that with two small kids (3yrs and 8mo at the time of our trip) we aren't going to bother with park hopping (yay for saving a little money on tickets). Hang in there!
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:49 AM   #52
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Oh and if we can still get the deal on lastminutetravel.com when we get our return, we'll be staying at Castle Inn & Suites.
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Somebody else suggested this to me and I have since "liked" their page, but we have to wait for our tax return to book our room , so unfortunately we aren't able to take advantage of their daily deals! Too bad, I would LOVE to stay there!

We aren't going during high crowds, so I am less stressed about that. Though we decided that with two small kids (3yrs and 8mo at the time of our trip) we aren't going to bother with park hopping (yay for saving a little money on tickets). Hang in there!
With HOJO they just take your credit card number and they will charge it or another (or cash) upon arrival. They dont take a deposit or anything which is great :D
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We are at the HoJo, which we booked way, way back over this past summer when we were first planning our trip. I know there are only a few days left, but they are running daily deals for the whole month of January through their Facebook page...the deals are pretty good, but we saved by booking early before rates started going up.

In other news, You can take the girls out of WDW, but you can't take WDW out of the girl...I have been slowly but surely sending e-mails to book meals for my trip. Waiting to hear back on a Carthay Circle reservation today, but besides that everything is booked! I am a huge fan of sending a leisurely e-mail whenever I want rather than getting up at the crack of dawn exactly 180 days in advance and anxiously hoping for a time I can actually make work!

So, I really thank you for this comment! I've been biting my nails thinking I need to block my work calendar/step out of any meetings I'm having right at 11 am Eastern time to ensure we get what we want (every freaking day for 6 days, LOL!). Are you saying that you were able to get everything you wanted, without stress, through a simple daily email (ok, maybe it's not fair to say without stress, as you may have been checking for a confirmation all day )?? You would so make my day if that's true!
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:24 PM   #55
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Is anyone else really worried about the crowd situation? We will only be in the parks two days, and I have accepted that we will not get everything we want done, but I am afraid we will be standing in 1-2 hour lines for everything and will only get to ride a handful of rides
Completely worried on my end!
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:26 PM   #56
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We are there March 12-16. We are staying at the BWPPI. We are planning one meal that reservations are a must to me at the Blue Bayou. The rest are fly by the seat of our pants. Everyone going, have a great time.

Welcome, you are first to go from this group right now! Hoping the early birds will be willing to give us going a little later the heads up on crowds and tips/tricks!
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Hi all, wondering if anyone would want to join in on a Spring Break survival thread! We usually try to avoid crowds like the plague, but this spring it worked out where the only time we can make it happen is Easter week. Would love to share stragies/war stories for survival. I'd be happy to track trips for folks too. Looking forward to it!

denluvsdisney - 3/12-3/16
SweetAlex - 3/17-3/22
carlilekids - 3/18-3/22
oceanrose - 3/22-3/31
Mackie Mouse - 3/24-3/28, HoJo
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Sophies*mom - 4/15-4/18
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Daydreamer64 - 4/18-4/25, DLH
I thought i was added to this? maybe its on a later post. We are staying at HOJO 3/4- 3/18
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I thought i was added to this? maybe its on a later post. We are staying at HOJO 3/4- 3/18
Sorry about that, not sure what happened but you are re-added to the first post (and officially the first one to go!).
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:31 PM   #59
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So, I really thank you for this comment! I've been biting my nails thinking I need to block my work calendar/step out of any meetings I'm having right at 11 am Eastern time to ensure we get what we want (every freaking day for 6 days, LOL!). Are you saying that you were able to get everything you wanted, without stress, through a simple daily email (ok, maybe it's not fair to say without stress, as you may have been checking for a confirmation all day )?? You would so make my day if that's true!
It's so true! Disneyland is a *very* different animal than WDW, I've learned. Not only did I not have to worry about getting up at an ungodly hour to make reservations, or clearing my schedule, but I'm pretty sure I'm getting in early on all the times/restaurants I want compared to the general populous. Everything is comfortably booked, and I sent one e-mail a day at my convenience. I always got a reply, with a confirmation number, within a few hours.

In fact, I even booked the Chef's Table at Napa Rose at the exact day and time I wanted nearly one month *after* it was available, because I forgot to set up a reminder in my calendar for it. Lo and behold...still available! Disney World this is not!

FYI - the e-mail is dine@disneyland.com. All you need to send them is the desired restaurant, meal and time; the number of people in your party; and your name and a phone number at which you can be reached. Couldn't be simpler!
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With HOJO they just take your credit card number and they will charge it or another (or cash) upon arrival. They dont take a deposit or anything which is great :D
That is great. I guess I should've added they are out of our price range which is why I have decided against it lol.
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