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Old 02-04-2013, 09:31 PM   #46
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I'm here!!!!

Ohhh, guessing games! Wait! I know, Co. Mustard with the candlestick in the Drawing room!
that's it!

Glad you're here Carey!

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Following along!

We rented points last year to stay in a 2BR at OKW (we went through **************.com though). I think their prices were very slightly lower than David's. I can't really comment on David's service obviously, never having used his site to rent points, but based on many positive reviews on the dis, I shall assume that it was comparable to the service we received from his competitor. As far as renting points in general, I highly recommend it. It's a WAY less expensive way to stay DVC vs going directly through Disney. The only downsides, for us, were: You pay a lot more upfront to make the booking (compared to the $200 donw payment that Disney requires!) and no daily mousekeeping service! Neither one are a deal breaker to me, but worth mentioning. Oh and having to submit a request and then wait for the return email with availability, then emailing again to book for sure, then getting a confirmation. It's just a lot of back & forth, when comparing to booking online or on the phone w/ Disney where you get instant gratification.

We booked through disney for this year's vacation, but next year I am fairly certain we will rent points again (It's normal to plan next year's vacation when you haven't gone on this year's yet, right? RIGHT?!?!).

OH, and I am in for an ADR guessing game. I like the idea of guessing by the day

Can't wait to see your plans start to take shape!
Welcome!

Thanks for all the info! I'm really glad to hear that you had a positive experience with points rental. The things that you mentioned are exactly the things that gave me pause. I like having my bed made every day, and I like being able to instantly see my reservation on Disney's website. I enjoy tinkering with my reservations and such. Did any of them bother you in the long run?

It's totally normal to be planning the next trip already! In fact I think my DH lurks on here just to make sure that I'm not!


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Yay! I'm definitely here. And can I just say that I LOVE how many people are playing the ADR game? I really do, I never realized it would be such a hit! Hooray!

Can't wait to see where you're staying!
Thanks for letting me steal your great idea! How should we play? Maybe everyone guesses all 16 (with limited hints) and I'll reply to each guess saying how many you have right. then as I break down each day each player can edit their guesses, until eventually someone will have all of them right. What do you think? too hard? just do it by day? It's your game, I'm gonna need your input here!

Glad you're here Marissa.


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Count me in too! Can't wait for the guessing game! Specially since it has to do with ADR's.
Welcome! I'm glad that so many are looking forward to the game! Should make it more fun!

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I've always wanted to rent points but have been too nervous as well. I love David's! I think we're going to try it this time. Can't wait to see what you've decided!
Glad you're here! I hadn't even thought of renting until this year. I was shocked at how affordable it seems!

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Count me in!!

Sounds like it's going to be a fun one!!
So glad that you're here! I hope that it'll be fun, but I don't think I'll live up to how fun your TR is.

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Lists, spreadsheets, and tables...I love 'em all! I'm in for another Disney adventure with Maddie!
Yay! Another kindred spirit! It's Maddie's trip for sure-her parents are just along for the ride.

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Yay for a Maddie PTR! I love love love the idea of an ADR game! Can't wait to see all the cute outfits you have planned for Maddie. I think I only have about $300 worth of favorited merchandise on Disney.com so you have me beat there! I am hoping to start a PTR very soon for our Jan-Feb 2014 trip!
Yay!! Glad you're here! The game should be lots of fun (just have to nail down how we'll play ). OMG I can't wait to start buying her outfits. The Disney Store has the cutest dresses for spring/summer. I'm dying over them.

Let me know when you start the PTR-I'll be there!
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:44 PM   #47
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I'm a reality TV junkie too, but I have no idea what you're talking about.

I'm guessing your reality tastes run a bit more manly than mine? Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Duck Dynasty? I watch those too.




Smart girl.

She's got our number for sure.
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I'm somewhere between Yay!! An ADR Game and I really don't care, just tell us already.

But I'm picking Chef Mickey for the last meal.


It pays to read to read my TRs.

You use spreadsheets to plan your trips???

What kind of a freak are you???
A closeted spreadsheet user I presume. Glad you're here!

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joining in
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Just joining in! Enjoying it so far, i can't wait to read more!


Thanks for joining in!

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Reality Show Junkie reporting for trip report reading duty, Sir! I mean Shannon

Oooh, you little tease you. Don't keep us in suspense too long!
yay! I'm glad you're here Lisa!



You'll be glad to hear that I did some Mickeystoontown type tinkering with our dates today!


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Yay!! I'm in!! So excited to read your PTR! I always love your TRs! We are doing the DxDP in March, and I am really excited about it! Can't wait to read all of your plans!!

And spreadsheets? And favoriting stuff on the Disney Store site?? I resemble that remark...
yay! I'm so glad you're here! Are you so excited for DxDP? I'll have to check your ticker to see if you have a PTR going. Lots of planning involved, but I love it. Bryan and I feel like we're on vacation too by doing some signatures.

I'm so glad that I'm not alone. I've favorited Easter gifts, summer/trip clothes, PJs for me-there's just too much good stuff right now!

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Yay for getting to go on another trip.
We're so excited to be going back! Thanks for joining in!


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Yes she was! And I'm so glad Josie finally went home.

Joining in for your PTR! I've enjoyed the last couple trip reports, so this is sure to be fun! I took my DS6 last Feb for our 1st trip and we are now hooked! But of course we don't do the princess related stuff, so it's fun seeing the pink, sparkly side of Disney with Maddie.
Thanks for joining in!

Me too! Uggghh. She needed to go home. I'm so sad that CJ went so early though. I really hope Kristen makes it back via Last Chance Kitchen, but I'm not watching because I want to be surprised!

I don't get to do any of the boy stuff! I thought she might want to do Pirates League this year, but nope. Still Princessey.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:19 PM   #48
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I finally made it over here!

I'm so excited that y'all have another trip planned and I can't wait to hear all about it! Especially where y'all are staying....spill the beans!

And you know I don't think you're a freak with your spreadsheets. I have my lists in my notebooks and my spreadsheets on my laptop.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:20 AM   #49
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Can I just say I adore your trip reports! I am so excited to take our little girl to WDW this October for many reasons- but reading the interactions you, your husband, and Maddie have makes me even more excited!

I really appreciate your feedback about DxDP! We are planning on going doing the same with DD in October for the character interactions (that's her favorite part of our Disneyland trips) and because DH's favorite part is the food. I love hearing positive feedback about it!

And um...I'm currently toggling between 3 different spreadsheets as we approach our 6 month window to book at AKL (through DVC) so I totally understand.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:05 AM   #50
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Happy birthday to Maddie!! May all her dreams come true!! :

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Old 02-05-2013, 02:13 PM   #51
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Thank you for the birthday wishes!

Happy Birthday to Miss. Maddie today! I hope she has a great day and I can't wait to hear how she reacts to the news!
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:46 PM   #52
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Thanks for all the info! I'm really glad to hear that you had a positive experience with points rental. The things that you mentioned are exactly the things that gave me pause. I like having my bed made every day, and I like being able to instantly see my reservation on Disney's website. I enjoy tinkering with my reservations and such. Did any of them bother you in the long run?

It's totally normal to be planning the next trip already! In fact I think my DH lurks on here just to make sure that I'm not!

No problem It was a little nerve wracking to not see my reservation instantly, but the main rental sites (david's and **************, as far as I know) both have really great reputations, always positive reviews, etc so that settled me for the most part. The beds not being made is a minor inconvenience.

You do get maid service if you stay long enough..I think it was on day 4. It is slightly a bummer to not have the mousekeepers leaving towel animals, setting up children's toys in cute scenes, etc. I guess I didn't get so much bummed about it, but it's just a fun touch that isn't there when you stay dvc.

I guess you can look at it as a trade off though..for me, staying in a deluxe is highly unlikely, as we like to take longish vacations (9 or 10 days) and the cost of a deluxe for that long on top of everything else (tickets, ddp, BBB appointment, souvenirs, airfare, etc etc and on and on!) is just TOO much, but by renting points we can afford to stay deluxe if we want to.

So would you trade towel animals for the chance to have a more extravagant vacation? Trade having your bed made for a superb location like BLT? If those sound like fair trades, then renting points is for you!

Also, the reservation WILL be available for you to view online. It just took a little bit..not even a LONG time, it just wasn't instant. I want to say that we had a confirmation number in our email with a day or two of making our down payment. Also, Paul (from dvc rental store) had really great communication with us so I never felt like I was out of the loop. I am sure David's does too!

Another cool thing - I mentioned in conversation on the dis that we were renting through Paul and that we were pleased with his service, and he happened to see the post and emailed me to tell me he gave us a credit toward our vacation! So that was awesome, obviously.

Sorry this was so long..but the point is that I would highly recommend renting points if you decide that one of the dvc locations is where you want to stay!
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:53 PM   #53
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I'm thinking that everyone could guess all at once, and then can amend their guesses as I give daily clues. The first to have them all is the winner. What do you think?
Sure, that sounds good to me!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:54 PM   #54
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I'll start the guessing game then. You said to write our 16 guesses, then we can adjust them as you post clues and more info about your days? Do we have to guess just the name, or breakfast/lunch/dinner as well? What about the dates? My vote would be for just the names.

1. Cinderella's Royal Table
2. Akershus
3. Chef Mickey
4. Via Napoli
5. 1900 Park Fare
6. Crystal Palace
7. Yak & Yeti
8. Sci-Fi
9. California Grill
10. Kona Cafe
11. Tusker House
12. Cape May Cafe
13. Coral Reef
14. Teppan Edo
15. Hollywood & Vine
16. Be Our Guest
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:42 PM   #55
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I'm in too! excited to see what you've chosen for ADRs. And I'm a crazy spreadsheet planner too!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:51 PM   #56
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I am most certainly in!

I loved your last trip report, and can't wait to see what you have in store for this one!
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:57 PM   #57
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Joining in!! I can't wait, I love your trip reports!!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:12 AM   #58
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I'm in! I love your TR, you have a beautiful princess and so do I, so I get great ideas from you. Thanks for sharing them with us
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:10 PM   #59
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Joining in..

Cant wait to see the ADR's too. I bet there is one for Be Our Guest!!

I agree with your DH- Loved POFQ!
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I'm joining in with my guesses too!
1. Cinderella's Royal Table
2. Akershus
3. Chef Mickey
4. Narcoosees
5. 1900 Park Fare
6. Crystal Palace
7. 50s Prime Time
8. Ohana
9. Les Chefs
10. Mickey's Backyard BBQ
11. Tusker House
12. Cape May Cafe
13. Mama Melrose
14. Le Cellier
15. Hollywood & Vine
16. Be Our Guest
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