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Old 03-28-2013, 05:38 PM   #31
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:56 AM   #33
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All your plans sound great Laura - I'm so excited to be following along!
I can't wait for the day that I finally manage to get on a Disney cruise!!

Did you decide any more on what to get for your parent's anniversary?
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:04 AM   #34
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All your plans sound great Laura - I'm so excited to be following along!
I can't wait for the day that I finally manage to get on a Disney cruise!!

Did you decide any more on what to get for your parent's anniversary?
They are addictive! (Just like everything else disney lol)

No I haven't decided yet. Was trying to think of something we could all do together but it's a bit hard with Charlie being so little.

I want it to be something really special. I was very ill after I had Charlie and my parents were amazing - my mum barely left ICU while I was there so want to do something to repay that.

I keep lurking on the main trip planning boards searching for an idea
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They are addictive! (Just like everything else disney lol)

No I haven't decided yet. Was trying to think of something we could all do together but it's a bit hard with Charlie being so little.

I want it to be something really special. I was very ill after I had Charlie and my parents were amazing - my mum barely left ICU while I was there so want to do something to repay that.

I keep lurking on the main trip planning boards searching for an idea
Might be a daft idea but have you tried availability for a Cabanna whilst your at CC as a surprise for your parents?

We were lucky enough to book one whilst wee were there in December & it was worth every £$£$£$
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Might be a daft idea but have you tried availability for a Cabanna whilst your at CC as a surprise for your parents?

We were lucky enough to book one whilst wee were there in December & it was worth every £$£$£$
Haven't thought much about options on the cruise. Will take a look

I have read they get booked quite quickly, I'm a gold castaway member so hopefully should still be one available if we go down that route.
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Haven't thought much about options on the cruise. Will take a look

I have read they get booked quite quickly, I'm a gold castaway member so hopefully should still be one available if we go down that route.
Oh Laura you should have a look at them, it really made our day special and we though it was worth every $$$$

It was my middle DDs 13th birthday the day we were at CC so we took some balloons, banners etc and the staff even got the Cabanna decorated for her before we arrived

There was even a travel cot set up in there for our youngest and she slept for about 2hrs in it whilst we sat on the varanda sipping cocktails

OMG how I wish I was there now
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Today I made another booking - a stroller rental.

It's something I'd been going back and forth on. Basically at home we have a single for Charlie and generally Megan walks everywhere. When she gets tired we also have a buggy board for her. However Florida is totally different. I know she'll tire easily with the hot weather and long distances and I really don't want to be that parent with the over tired screaming toddler ruining things for others.

So 2 single strollers or one double? I eventually decided on one double as it will be so much easier at times when there will be 2 of us. (Can't even imagine trying to get on/off a bus with 2 kids, 2 strollers and bags/cameras etc. we generally pack light but that's still a lot of stuff!) so rental of a double it is.

So the "stroller" rentals in the parks are expensive! A double is $31 per day! Ouch! For 16 days that would be $496. They offer a discount for a multi day rental but this would still be $432. It would actually be cheaper to go and buy one on my first day. Which was an option for a while.

Since then a DIS/Dibb friend has told me about her great experience with Orlando stroller rentals.

So we are now renting a city mini double stroller ( like this one - https://www.orlandostrollerrentals.c...ler?stroller=3)

$144 for 2 weeks - significantly cheaper and massively more comfortable for Megan and Charlie.

We don't have one for the first 2 nights or for the cruise but we will have our maclaren one for Charlie so it won't be a problem
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Oh Laura you should have a look at them, it really made our day special and we though it was worth every $$$$

It was my middle DDs 13th birthday the day we were at CC so we took some balloons, banners etc and the staff even got the Cabanna decorated for her before we arrived

There was even a travel cot set up in there for our youngest and she slept for about 2hrs in it whilst we sat on the varanda sipping cocktails

OMG how I wish I was there now
Sounds like heaven!!
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Love love love the City Mini. Never used a double but we have a single for DS and its so smooth to push and while he would NEVER nap in the iCandy travel system we had originally he has no problem napping in the City Mini. He used to HATE going in the buggy now he climbs into the City Mini every chance he gets. Makes outings so much easier! Andthats a great price too!! Another tick off the list
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Love love love the City Mini. Never used a double but we have a single for DS and its so smooth to push and while he would NEVER nap in the iCandy travel system we had originally he has no problem napping in the City Mini. He used to HATE going in the buggy now he climbs into the City Mini every chance he gets. Makes outings so much easier! Andthats a great price too!! Another tick off the list
That's great to know. We have just bought a city mini single for at home
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That's great to know. We have just bought a city mini single for at home
Nice one Wish I had known about it when I was buying the travel system! Would have saved a fortune and been much happier!
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Originally we were going to eat at several TS locations this trip. But after a lot of thinking and looking at menus/budgets we have decided to "keep it cheap" i know Disney and cheap don't go right! But we were discussing next year and realised that if we want to go we have to go in May (as Megan starts school in Sept 2014) and saving for it will be tight. I'd rather go again than eat lots of TS meals.

So we are going to stick to CS and some off site places. Hope to try some new off site places this year as we haven't tried many.
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Today I made another booking - a stroller rental.

It's something I'd been going back and forth on. Basically at home we have a single for Charlie and generally Megan walks everywhere. When she gets tired we also have a buggy board for her. However Florida is totally different. I know she'll tire easily with the hot weather and long distances and I really don't want to be that parent with the over tired screaming toddler ruining things for others.

So 2 single strollers or one double? I eventually decided on one double as it will be so much easier at times when there will be 2 of us. (Can't even imagine trying to get on/off a bus with 2 kids, 2 strollers and bags/cameras etc. we generally pack light but that's still a lot of stuff!) so rental of a double it is.

So the "stroller" rentals in the parks are expensive! A double is $31 per day! Ouch! For 16 days that would be $496. They offer a discount for a multi day rental but this would still be $432. It would actually be cheaper to go and buy one on my first day. Which was an option for a while.

Since then a DIS/Dibb friend has told me about her great experience with Orlando stroller rentals.

So we are now renting a city mini double stroller ( like this one - https://www.orlandostrollerrentals.c...ler?stroller=3)

$144 for 2 weeks - significantly cheaper and massively more comfortable for Megan and Charlie.

We don't have one for the first 2 nights or for the cruise but we will have our maclaren one for Charlie so it won't be a problem

i hadnt planned on taking any pram but now i have spent a while thinking about it , i do think it will be much easier!! regret selling my duowalker now that would have been great for the long disney days !

i love a excuse for a new pram though so im thinking a bugaboo donkey will be handy with it having the extra basket
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i hadnt planned on taking any pram but now i have spent a while thinking about it , i do think it will be much easier!! regret selling my duowalker now that would have been great for the long disney days !

i love a excuse for a new pram though so im thinking a bugaboo donkey will be handy with it having the extra basket
How old is your child/children? I know Megan would get exhausted if she was walking all day so its a must have for us

Love bugaboos though lol!
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