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Old 05-08-2013, 09:08 AM   #1
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New kid in town - planning 1st family trip!

Hi all!

Been a long time lurker and wanted to finally join in since we are FINALLY planning our first family trip! So excited!

We (me, dh, 3 kids) are planning a Sept DW trip and I'm the main one researching and planning and being the extremely indecisive person I am, I'm stressing over figuring out the best places for us to eat, schedules, etc. Its a good stress though so I'm not complaining!

Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself here.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:23 AM   #2
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Welcome to the boards! I'm mostly a lurker myself, but I found this site a few months ago when my wife and I decided to finally pull the trigger and schedule our first family vacation to Disney World. I know what you mean about indecisiveness and (good) stress, but the people on these boards have really been wonderful in helping me plan a great trip.

Of course, I've still got 23 days until we leave and I actually get to put my plans to the test, but with all the help I've gotten on this site it really is a huge relief to have the comfort of knowing that I've done all the "hard stuff" and now I just need to sit back and enjoy the ride. Of course some would argue that waiting is the hardest part.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:54 AM   #3
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Thank you! And wow, 23 days will be here before you know it! Can't wait to hear how it goes for y'all.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:54 AM   #4
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I hear ya- I have been to wdw a couple of times but others have always planned the trip for me- first time planning one on your own is exciting
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Welcome to Disboards.
I know that feeling. Planning can take a LOT of time. I'm going in December, I've been many times before, and i'm already pouring over different options and reviews.
Have fun planning!
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:23 PM   #8
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Welcome Graybear!!

I'm solidly in the camp of "if it's not over-planned then everything will work out fine, we have contingencies."

...and ponchos...."they want HOW much"...pack your own if there is any questions about the day.

The support group here is awesome for any questions (as I'm sure you know).

Let them fly.
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Hi all!

Been a long time lurker and wanted to finally join in since we are FINALLY planning our first family trip! So excited!

We (me, dh, 3 kids) are planning a Sept DW trip and I'm the main one researching and planning and being the extremely indecisive person I am, I'm stressing over figuring out the best places for us to eat, schedules, etc. Its a good stress though so I'm not complaining!

Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself here.
Hi and welcome!!

I know exactly what you mean... you invest so much time and energy (not to mention money) into this trip that you want it to be fabulous!! And you hear so many conflicting pieces of advice that you're not sure just who to listen to!

Can we assume that you've already booked a resort? If not, then know that the number of places on site that will accomodate 5 are a bit limited. Let me know if you need the list of places.

I'm guessingyou'll want to be sure you do at least one princess meal. My personal reccomendations are: 1) Aukerhaus in Epcot. Five princesses come to your table for autographs and pictures. We do a late breakfast (more of a brunch) so we don't miss rope drop.
or 2) Dinner at 1900 Park Fare. Cinderella, the Prince, the Stepsisters and Stepmother are all there. The Steps are hysterical!!

If Princesses aren't your thing, consider a meal at Chef Mickey's (It's our first night dinner each time.) Some other restaurants you'll want to consider are Sci Fi in DHS and Yak and Yetti in AK. (We do lunch; August in Animal Kingdom is hotter than the face of the sun, and the air conditioning and a nice long lunch are a wonderful break!)
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