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Old 02-14-2013, 01:52 PM   #541
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We've picked dates, February 5-10, 2014! We decided against the split stay, the trip isn't long enough to deal with the trouble of switching resorts so Cars suite at AoA, it is.
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Two trips on the horizon, I am planning DS's 7th birthday trip!!! Most likely, Oct 26-Nov 5, staying at SSR. Looking forward to having birthday dinner at Chef Mickey and our first MNSSHP!!!!
to our group! Glad you decided to join us. I got you added to the list.

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Hi! Just found this great thread please may I join in the fun! Coming to WDW 31st October - Nov 14th 2014 flights already booked! Coming from UK me and DW :-) dvc members so will book SSR at 11 month window :-)
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We've picked dates, February 5-10, 2014! We decided against the split stay, the trip isn't long enough to deal with the trouble of switching resorts so Cars suite at AoA, it is.
I added your dates and resort to the list. Thanks for updating us!

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Sorry I've been mostly absent lately, folks - lots going on here at home (nothing to worry about, though). If there is anyone I missed, I apologize - please post your dates and resort and I'll add you to the list, also.

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Old 02-15-2013, 10:00 AM   #543
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I hope everyone had a good Valentine's Day. As always, I had a very nice V-Day with my lovely fiance' (BDLsgal). It was a laid back night of lounging and chinese food. And we exchanged gifts. After all was said and done, even though our trip isn't til Dec 2014, and we can't make any payments til 499 days before our 1st day, we now have 1/3 of our deposit in hand.

As Valgoof and SAT can testify from our time on the Dec 2012 Roll Call thread, on gift giving holidays, BDLsgal and I include giving Disney Shop/Dine/Stay gift cards to each other to help with the expense of the vacation. So, yesterday, $75 of gift cards were exchanged and we now have 1/3 of our deposit in hand, with about 20 mos to go before our trip will have to be paid in full.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:25 AM   #544
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I hope everyone had a good Valentine's Day. As always, I had a very nice V-Day with my lovely fiance' (BDLsgal). It was a laid back night of lounging and chinese food. And we exchanged gifts. After all was said and done, even though our trip isn't til Dec 2014, and we can't make any payments til 499 days before our 1st day, we now have 1/3 of our deposit in hand.

As Valgoof and SAT can testify from our time on the Dec 2012 Roll Call thread, on gift giving holidays, BDLsgal and I include giving Disney Shop/Dine/Stay gift cards to each other to help with the expense of the vacation. So, yesterday, $75 of gift cards were exchanged and we now have 1/3 of our deposit in hand, with about 20 mos to go before our trip will have to be paid in full.
Hello! Nice to meet you! What a great idea re the gift cards! I wish we could do that. We live in the UK so ours would be loaded in pounds not dollars but if we could we would! Soon adds up! We keep a jar of dollars instead. When the exchange rate is good we get some dollars and I say that is some money to spend in the world of disney one evening! Love that store!
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:47 PM   #545
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We did book already and will update when packages become avail.
So we can call and book a room only reservation? I was thinking we had to wait until August to book anything. I know we won't benefit from booking now, but to be able to have a reservation and look at it online, and make payments, well, it makes it so more real
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:54 PM   #546
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I notice a few of us are set to go the first week of March (Im going the last week of Feb and first week of March)

Are ANY of you concerned about Spring Break that week and Mardi Gras???
Why Im still overthinking this is beyond me but I'd love to hear your thoughts!!!


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1-6: WildGingerMama - CSR? (TBD)
1-8: sandym718 - Poly - celebrating a birthday
1-8: mamabear0222 - (Windsor Hills? TBD) - celebrating two birthdays
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2-8: drirun - BCV - celebrating a birthday (group of 17 going together!)
Mamabear, we have never been this late in February. We have been the last of January, first of February and Presidents week, MLK and Mardi Gras, so this is new for us as well, and actually we will be leaving probably March 1.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:00 PM   #547
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Hello everybody!

You can put my DGF and I down for January 31st through the 8th of February! Heading down for the DGFs birthday this year around, and we've already been counting down the months, weeks, and days. (Man I love having the ticker in my signature lol)

Going to leave NJ Thursday the 30th after DGF gets out of work, and start the haul right away. She'll take the first leg, and I'll ironman the heck out of the rest! Can't wait!

We only plan on doing 1 ADR this trip, and that's for her birthday dinner on the 3rd. He sole request was CRT for her birthday dinner, and we'll prolly just do QS locations the rest of the trip. We left the world this past October 13th, and we knew before we left that we were coming back this was when we had to come back.

I called earlier this week to make the room-only reservation, and we're all set! Only have to wait for the package rates to come in to have everything set in stone. Interesting thing the CM told me on the phone though. She told me to keep an eye out during the spring, like late March or early April, for the 2014 rates. She said they released them earlier than usual last year, and it wouldn't be a surprise if they did it again this year. Thought I would share it with the boards.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:36 PM   #548
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the CM told me on the phone though. She told me to keep an eye out during the spring, like late March or early April, for the 2014 rates. She said they released them earlier than usual last year, and it wouldn't be a surprise if they did it again this year. Thought I would share it with the boards.
Thanks for the info, will be watching and waiting for that moment. The sooner we can actually make reservations the happier I will be.
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So we can call and book a room only reservation? I was thinking we had to wait until August to book anything. I know we won't benefit from booking now, but to be able to have a reservation and look at it online, and make payments, well, it makes it so more real
You can book a room-only reservation 499 days in advance - you must do this on the phone, however, you can't do it online. (1-407-W-DISNEY)

Remember you'll be quoted the highest price for the room category you're booking, and price will be adjusted once the rates come out for the time frame you are going.

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Old 02-15-2013, 03:55 PM   #550
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Hello everybody!

You can put my DGF and I down for January 31st through the 8th of February! Heading down for the DGFs birthday this year around, and we've already been counting down the months, weeks, and days. (Man I love having the ticker in my signature lol)

Going to leave NJ Thursday the 30th after DGF gets out of work, and start the haul right away. She'll take the first leg, and I'll ironman the heck out of the rest! Can't wait!

We only plan on doing 1 ADR this trip, and that's for her birthday dinner on the 3rd. He sole request was CRT for her birthday dinner, and we'll prolly just do QS locations the rest of the trip. We left the world this past October 13th, and we knew before we left that we were coming back this was when we had to come back.

I called earlier this week to make the room-only reservation, and we're all set! Only have to wait for the package rates to come in to have everything set in stone. Interesting thing the CM told me on the phone though. She told me to keep an eye out during the spring, like late March or early April, for the 2014 rates. She said they released them earlier than usual last year, and it wouldn't be a surprise if they did it again this year. Thought I would share it with the boards.
Hello Males and to our group! Glad you decided to join in!

Thank you for sharing the info about 2014 rates - that's interesting for sure. I'll get you added to the lists for January/February; in the meantime, feel free to jump on in and join the conversation!

ETA: I'm assuming you're staying at AoA since that's what it says above your ticker. If not, please let me know where you are staying.
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Hello everybody!

You can put my DGF and I down for January 31st through the 8th of February! Heading down for the DGFs birthday this year around, and we've already been counting down the months, weeks, and days. (Man I love having the ticker in my signature lol)

Going to leave NJ Thursday the 30th after DGF gets out of work, and start the haul right away. She'll take the first leg, and I'll ironman the heck out of the rest! Can't wait!

We only plan on doing 1 ADR this trip, and that's for her birthday dinner on the 3rd. He sole request was CRT for her birthday dinner, and we'll prolly just do QS locations the rest of the trip. We left the world this past October 13th, and we knew before we left that we were coming back this was when we had to come back.

I called earlier this week to make the room-only reservation, and we're all set! Only have to wait for the package rates to come in to have everything set in stone. Interesting thing the CM told me on the phone though. She told me to keep an eye out during the spring, like late March or early April, for the 2014 rates. She said they released them earlier than usual last year, and it wouldn't be a surprise if they did it again this year. Thought I would share it with the boards.
Good to know about the rates! And lucky you ~ your ticker is under a year already!
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We enjoy the QS. The reason is we don't like being tied down to our reservations. Long gone are the days when we could come in that morning or even when we were wanting to come right in. Those were great. Our last trip we had only 1 reservation, and honestly based on how our day had went, wasn't ideal. We were seated immediately and had great food and service, but the whole reserving so far in advance doesn't always work out for our family. Having said that, our next trip we will probably book 3 TS meals.
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As Valgoof and SAT can testify from our time on the Dec 2012 Roll Call thread, on gift giving holidays, BDLsgal and I include giving Disney Shop/Dine/Stay gift cards to each other to help with the expense of the vacation. So, yesterday, $75 of gift cards were exchanged and we now have 1/3 of our deposit in hand, with about 20 mos to go before our trip will have to be paid in full.
I got a new Mickey park bag and a pair of pajama pants.

So.......off topic, but do you have a date set??


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We enjoy the QS. The reason is we don't like being tied down to our reservations. Long gone are the days when we could come in that morning or even when we were wanting to come right in. Those were great. Our last trip we had only 1 reservation, and honestly based on how our day had went, wasn't ideal. We were seated immediately and had great food and service, but the whole reserving so far in advance doesn't always work out for our family. Having said that, our next trip we will probably book 3 TS meals.
We did all QS in 2011 and then had FD last year, so we did a TS everyday. Not sure what we will do this trip. We liked a couple places enough to book them again and there are others I want to try.
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Here's a cute tip...

At Target's party section, there are cute tiaras that are just a dollar or two a piece. You can buy them for your daughters/girls in the group for a 'princess makeover'! They're cheap but FUN and cute! I bought two for my friend and I for our 2014 trip.

Here's mine:
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Hello Males and to our group! Glad you decided to join in!

Thank you for sharing the info about 2014 rates - that's interesting for sure. I'll get you added to the lists for January/February; in the meantime, feel free to jump on in and join the conversation!

ETA: I'm assuming you're staying at AoA since that's what it says above your ticker. If not, please let me know where you are staying.
Yesum! DGF and will be in the AoA, and can't wait to go back!
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