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Old 03-19-2013, 03:10 PM   #1036
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since many of us reading this board will have trips coming up soon, the question of how to pack for a disney vacation comes up. Since there are so many different ways that this question can be answered i thought i would describe the process rather than go into specifics.

I think there is a whole process that one goes through when packing for a disney trip. If you are even asking this question ahead of time you fall into the "careful planner" packing type as opposed to the "we can buy clean underwear down there" packing type.

The first stage as a "careful planner" is "omg i'm going to wdw what do i need to take with me!"

this is the stage where you start to compile lists of recommended items that you may need. These lists come from many sources and some of the best obsessive compulsive packing authorities are represented here.

The second stage is one that i refer to as the "gathering stage". There is a place in your house and you start to gather the things that someone else has told you you need. Things like ear muffs- in case it gets cold but you are going in may and 2 liter personal misting fans for each member of your group start to appear in this area. You have the dollar store disney autograph books, the 3 different types of bug repellent, travel games for the kids, ear plugs for the parents, giant floppy sun hats, one for each person, 2 for the bald people and a pack of coffee filters even though you're not quite sure what a pod coffee maker is.

The third stage is that you put all of this in a suitcase and realize that you have no room for your clothes. This is the stage i refer to as "denial".

The fourth stage is the "rationalization stage". You start removing the recommended items and replacing them with things like underwear and pants. Everyone will have to share the sole remaining 2 liter misting fan that you think you can't live without and the bald people are on their own because their hats no longer fit in the luggage.

The fifth stage is one that i refer to as the "hernia stage". This is where you weigh the luggage and are truly convinced that your scale is broken when you discover your luggage weighs 80 pounds per suitcase. More stuff is removed from the luggage and decrees are issued stating that everybody gets two sets of underwear for the trip so they better not fart.

Depending upon how you travel you might experience the "horror stage" this stage is realized when you discover you've booked with an airline that charges $50 dollars per checked bag and $25 for each carry on. Plans are made where each family member will wear as many layers as possible on the plane and warnings are issued that going commando is imminent.

The seventh stage is the "realization stage". This stage occurs when you are on vacation and you realize that you really didn't need the two liter misting fan because no one wants to carry it around and those 2 pairs of underwear worked out just fine because you can do laundry when you are at the pool.

There are some people who still must pack as if they were moving permanently and other people who pack so lightly that they are wearing the same t-shirt in every vacation picture (dee i'm looking at you!).

In any case the beach club market place has a great selection of items (excluding underwear!) that will cover some of the gaps you may experience in your packing efforts. Pixarmom has done a wonderful job keeping us informed as to the offerings in the beach club market place. Use this link to get to her picture filled thread showing you just what can be found there. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3007564

the savvy guest also knows that when you don't see it out, it really pays to ask the cm's if they have it somewhere out of sight. I recently read on another thread that some resort shops keep distilled water on hand for use in those breathing machines for the night snorers. I've also read that sometimes the resort has a (very limited) collection of phone chargers that you can borrow in case you forgot yours. In any case the tip here is to ask if there is something that you've discovered you need but have failed to pack.

Good luck with your packing and remember to put some thought into packing what you're sure you'll need, not so much what you might need.

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:12 PM   #1037
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Dumb question maybe, but where can I get information about club level rooms? Disney is very vague.
Not a dumb question! I plan on taking photos and talking about the room after our trip in May.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:13 PM   #1038
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yeah, I finally got my signature to work....1 month 2 days until Beach Club. My two DD's find out this Saturday our Disney surprise. My oldest DD turns eleven on Saturday. She will be so surprised.
Congratulations! I remember, years ago, when I joined, how long it took to get everything just right. Unfortunately, I don't remember what I did or where I found the things that I found for my signature. So, for now, it's staying the way it is (even though the time didn't update when we changed the clock the other week).

Happy "early" birthday to DD11!!
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Ok so besides all of the hassles the cold weather, much larger crowds than expected, and a bad flare up of arthritis in my knee requiring a wheel chair for 2 days.
We did love the YC CL. We had a standard room and were down the hall from the club lounge. The staff were very nice. We finally got to sit by the pool on our check out day. We ate at Yachtsman which we really enjoyed, Cape May was ok, kids loved the Arcade, and we love the Epcot area.
We decided to extend our stay and went over to Swan but due to noisy construction we were switched to Dolphin ( prefer Dolphin) and had more check in problems we stayed 4 night then switched to Coranado Springs for our last night which I was pleasantly surprised with very nice resort. But can you believe yet again after I made sure I had given all my flight info on a very long phone call with reservations what do you know on check out sorry we don't have you magical express info .
I am booked for a girls only trip for YC CL in OCT. and hope for a smoother trip.
So glad you had a nice time at the YC. But, am so sorry about the troubles that you had. I can relate to the arthritis issue-I do empathize with you.

May you have a very magical time in October!!
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Quick check-in from the Great White North:
And it just keeps coming down...... we're up to about a foot, and our plow guy has already been here twice!

I'll get through it..... I'll just keep imagining I'm sitting by SAB with a Sunken Treasure in one hand and a Hurricane Hannah's lobster roll in the other. Yeah, that should work.
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I'm with you. Winter started for us sometime around Hurricane Sandy and it has been here ever since....what, like five months now? You would never know from looking out my window that spring officially starts tomorrow.

Enough of this already.
As a fellow New Yorker, I'm with you!! As of last night's weather forecast, I learned that there are still a number of storms to come even with spring arriving.
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I'm glad someone understands!




PS- I just cleared a whopping 3 slots!!!
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Oh how exciting! We actually managed to pull off a surprise trip last Spring break all the way to the airport (they thought they were taking me to go to a work conference, and that they were going to be stuck at a Days off program all week). It was completely awesome...but would only work once!
Thanks everyone.

This will actually be our second surprise Disney trip. In 2010 we surprised our then DD4 with a Disney trip for her birthday. She loved getting all the attention in Disney from the castmembers telling her happy birthday wearing her Happy Birthday pin.

I just can't wait to actually talk to them about the trip...it's been so hard keeping a secret for nearly 6-months.
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As a fellow New Yorker, I'm with you!! As of last night's weather forecast, I learned that there are still a number of storms to come even with spring arriving.
Yuck.

We have a trip planned to Great Wolf Lodge beginning of April. Hoping swimming in an indoor pool complex will give us the illusion of summer until it finally gets here.

Now, I'm a big fan of WDW, but I've never longed for a vacation as much as I am longing for our August 2013 stay at BC.
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It is still snowing soooooooooo bad!!!!

30 more days, and we are out of here, sitting by SAB....trying that sunken treasure.
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It is still snowing soooooooooo bad!!!!

30 more days, and we are out of here, sitting by SAB....trying that sunken treasure.
Don't forget the Hurricane Hannah's lobster roll. Not quite as good as we get here in New England, but it was pretty tasty.
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30 more days, and we are out of here, sitting by SAB....trying that sunken treasure.
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As a fellow New Yorker, I'm with you!! As of last night's weather forecast, I learned that there are still a number of storms to come even with spring arriving.
Another New Yorker here too. Def done with winter! Can't wait til BC!
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And it just keeps coming down...... we're up to about a foot, and our plow guy has already been here twice!

I'll get through it..... I'll just keep imagining I'm sitting by SAB with a Sunken Treasure in one hand and a Hurricane Hannah's lobster roll in the other. Yeah, that should work.
We're the same. I decided to make the paper ring countdown for our May trip. Sigh.....
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As a fellow New Yorker, I'm with you!! As of last night's weather forecast, I learned that there are still a number of storms to come even with spring arriving.
No no no! Ugh!!
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