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Old 01-29-2013, 08:07 AM   #16
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We'll be at AKV from 12/22 to 12/27, and I'm already looking at flights. Right now we can get really good times for $405 pp. I have a feeling that prices will just go up from here, but I'm hesitant to book so early. I've been thinking about going over to the transportation board to get feedback on Christmas flight trends from expensive airports.

Another thing I'm already thinking about (waaaay too early lol) is what restaurants would be cool fo Xmas Eve and Xmas diinner. Or how fun would it be to just do absolutely nothing but hang around the pool on Christmas Day? The hustle and bustle at home over the holidays is the reason we want to do this trip in the first place.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:08 AM   #17
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Staying at DVC from 12/28 -12/30 and off to bonne creek for a 3 bedroom until 01/07 EXCITED TOO!
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:43 PM   #18
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We are going this Christmas also. It will be our second visit at this time of year. We went in 2011 for the first time and LOVED it!! Kind of feel like that's the only time that's worth going since we've been five times since 2000 at various times of the year. Of course I'm a sucker for Christmas so that has a lot to do with it. Also, we are using our DVC for a true family vacation this year to take my two daughters, my wife, our son-in-law, and my parents to stay with us at AKV. For me, Christmas is a VERY magical time at WDW and I think my family sees my wife and I as fanatics. We love to talk Disney at all times so feel free to rattle-on!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:30 PM   #19
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Booked SSR for 12/28-1/4!!! Hoping to switch to BWV @ 7 months,but with so many people already booking it probably won't happen! I did luck up this year and got it though!! Maybe I will luck up this year too!!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:02 PM   #20
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Booked our very first Christmas trip, too! BCV for 10 nights starting December 21! Yikes! We have only ever stayed 6 nights before and always feel like we never have enough time. Hoping this will be relaxing and magical at the same time.

I had to bank, borrow and rent to get the reservation. It uses up a chunk of change to go at that time of year. I hope we don't make this a habit....
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:06 AM   #21
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Just booked Boardwalk for Dec. 25 through Jan. 1st and plan to move to the Beach Club for Jan. 1 through Jan. 5...very excited...although we've done Christmas before 2008-09 we've never gone to the parks. We were complete bums and sat by the pool for a week ~ the weather was really good that December. Hoping for a REPEAT! We plan on going to the parks too!
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:28 AM   #22
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We have rented points and will be staying in a 1-bedroom at BLT from Dec 14-21. We've been to DIsneyland at Christmastime but not WDW. I cannot wait to see the parks and the resorts in all their holiday splendor!
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:07 AM   #23
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Booked our very first Christmas trip, too! It uses up a chunk of change to go at that time of year. I hope we don't make this a habit....
Yes it does take some serious points! Lol! Which is why we're staying in a standard one bedroom at Kidani. It was the fewest amount of points, plus we get the sleeper chair and extra bathroom. Sure wish we could stay closer to the parks, but we're hoping to go back Easter Week in 2014 so we had to keep the points under control. Hoping perhaps we'll like the "remote, quiet" feeling of AKV after the chaos of the parks. I'll just keep telling myself that as we make the long trek "home" from the parks. :-)

Here's to the Holidays at Disney! Woo hoo!! So glad there are others who understand my insanity . . .
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:23 AM   #24
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Not quite Christmas itself, but DH and I are ridiculously excited for our trip December 8 - 15. We've only been once before when the Christmas decoration were up and that was a fast 3 night trip with my parents. This time we will have the luxury of really enjoying 8 nights down there to soak in all the Christmas stuff. We are at AKV in a Club Level studio! We plan to tour the resorts, do all the Christmas stuff in the parks, and even take advantage of the Sunrise Safari. Seeing as this trip is to celebrate our 10th anniversary it should be really special.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:17 AM   #25
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Never been to WDW at Christmas time. Booked 12/1 to 12/8 at 2BR LV at BLT. First time at our home resort too! DS1 will be 5 then and DS2 will be 1 yr and 10 months. We are inviting another family to go with us.

SO excited!! It's not a surprise since I'm too excited to keep it a secret.

DH and I are now waiting for our employers to approve vacation days. Also, we enrolled DS1 to PRE-K this Sept so I hope it won't be an issue with the school.

I heard someone already checking flights - I thought they are not out yet!
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:59 AM   #26
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We've been to Disney twice at Christmas. In 2009, we arrived on 12/27 and surprised the kids on Christmas! Just this past December, we actually stayed over Christmas from 12/22-12/29! We surprised the kids when they got home from school on Friday, 12/21, and left a few hours later!

Let me just say it was the best family vacation we have ever taken! We always drive so we packed a rubbermaid full of wrapped Christmas presents. We packed Christmas lights, 2 small pre-lit Christmas trees, the stockings, and of course, Haddy our Elf on the Shelf! It was MAGICAL! The kids were thrilled when Haddy arrived! They were very worried that Santa would miss them on vacation.

Don't worry about the crowds. Enjoy yourself! Get to the parks early!! On Christmas morning, we were up at 6:00am. The kids found their stocking stuffers, but waited until mid-aftertoon to open Santa's presents!

We were walking down Main Street at 7:00am and were in line for Belle's Enchanted Tales at 7:05am. It was awesome! What a way to spend Christmas morning!





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First timers at Christmas here also. 11 month booking at BWV. We are going in March so the kids are never going to expect it. We do plan some sort of a grand surprise however not sure what we will do. We know it will be packed but so be it. Dec. 21st - 28th for us.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:02 PM   #27
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We are booked in a treehouse. We are looking forward to our second Christmas trip.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:04 AM   #28
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We're official! Booked our flights this morning!!! (It's never "real" for me until we have flights. Until that point, it's too easy to scrap the whole thing.)



I still can't believe we pulled the trigger! We leave late Christmas morning. It's going to be crazy! Can't wait. :-)
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #29
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I was at WDW 12/26 to 12/30 in 2011 and it was fantastic. Two suggestions: (1) Go to the parks very early or late in the afternoon. Several parks closed admission around noon due to the size of the crowds. (2) Download an application on your phone that gives updated info regarding crowd size and wait times. Have fun!
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Not quite Christmas itself, but DH and I are ridiculously excited for our trip December 8 - 15. We've only been once before when the Christmas decoration were up and that was a fast 3 night trip with my parents. This time we will have the luxury of really enjoying 8 nights down there to soak in all the Christmas stuff. We are at AKV in a Club Level studio! We plan to tour the resorts, do all the Christmas stuff in the parks, and even take advantage of the Sunrise Safari. Seeing as this trip is to celebrate our 10th anniversary it should be really special.
I think that time period is the best! It gives you all the fun Disney Christmas activities but then you can go home before the big crowds get there.
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