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Old 03-05-2014, 04:20 PM   #1516
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I know...the flight for just 4 of us adds over 2k, but driving isn't really an option for us. Makes the Disney trip quite costly...but we've decided to go for it (but may be a once in a lifetime thing for us for that reason)
OUr drive is roughly 21 hours each way but I scored flights for the five of us for under $1,000. Granted, the baby is free but still, we are actually coming out cheaper to fly.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:56 PM   #1517
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I wish we could fly but it is not in the budget. With family of 6 and 16 hr drive there and 16hr drive back is lots cheaper then flying
We're in the same situation: ~16 hour drive (1000 miles one way); party of 5, 6, or 7 depending on how many kids are traveling with us (and I use the term "kid" loosely as 2 of them in their early/mid 20's). Just for the fun of it, I always check the price of flights when we're planning a trip but I've never gotten a price of less than ~$1800 for the flights. And that didn't include the cost of parking the car at the airport while we're at Disney. Our most expensive drive cost us just under $650 for gas and 2 hotel nights on the drive. We don't include food when figuring out whether it's more economical to drive or fly since we have to eat whether we're in the car, in the airport, at home, or wherever. So that's not a factor in the decision.

We don't mind the drive -- it's part of the vacation for us. We drive on all of our vacations. We're also fortunate that I don't have a job outside of our home and DH has 28 days of vacation so taking 6 or 7 vacation days for a Disney trip isn't a problem.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:40 PM   #1518
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Wasn't sure if my question might have gotten missed - Does anyone know if you can put Magnets on the doors at AoA? Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:51 AM   #1519
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Does anyone know what type of coffee maker the rooms have? What would I need to bring from home to make additional coffee? Thanks
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:14 AM   #1520
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Just Booked!!

Just booked an October trip. Oct 2nd-11th!! Can't wait. Last year we stayed at Pop in two rooms and walked over to AoA and were in awe! This year we decided to do a LK suite. It is my daughter and her fiancé, my two grandsons and myself. I'm taking the table bed. I'm very excited and hoping for FD. We go every year now and every year I am still just as excited as the last..lol. We have stayed at POFQ, Pop and Caribbean Beach. We like Pop and POFQ but not so much CB. It was just too big and spread out. Love the theming of AoA and enjoyed the food court while we were there. We are looking forward to MNSSHP and EPCOT Food and wine. Anyone else going to be there when we are?
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:03 AM   #1521
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Any thoughts on my swimming question? We will ask the lifeguards when we get there, but I'm wondering if anyone has had success bringing a family member from another resort into the pool at AoA.

We will also be driving for the first time. It's a 21 hour drive and will require 2 nights in a hotel each way, but it should save us about $1500. We are a family of 6 with kids ages 7, 5, 2, and 4 months at time of travel. Flights were $2K+ and we figure we can make the trip for about $500-600 driving. Our kids do well in the car, but this is a few hours longer each way than our last trip to Texas, and we will have to stop every few hours to feed the baby. Should be interesting, but I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:30 PM   #1522
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Just booked an October trip. Oct 2nd-11th!! Can't wait. Last year we stayed at Pop in two rooms and walked over to AoA and were in awe! This year we decided to do a LK suite. It is my daughter and her fiancé, my two grandsons and myself. I'm taking the table bed. I'm very excited and hoping for FD. We go every year now and every year I am still just as excited as the last..lol. We have stayed at POFQ, Pop and Caribbean Beach. We like Pop and POFQ but not so much CB. It was just too big and spread out. Love the theming of AoA and enjoyed the food court while we were there. We are looking forward to MNSSHP and EPCOT Food and wine. Anyone else going to be there when we are?
We will be there for the tail end of your trip. Also in LK.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:32 PM   #1523
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Any thoughts on my swimming question? We will ask the lifeguards when we get there, but I'm wondering if anyone has had success bringing a family member from another resort into the pool at AoA.

We will also be driving for the first time. It's a 21 hour drive and will require 2 nights in a hotel each way, but it should save us about $1500. We are a family of 6 with kids ages 7, 5, 2, and 4 months at time of travel. Flights were $2K+ and we figure we can make the trip for about $500-600 driving. Our kids do well in the car, but this is a few hours longer each way than our last trip to Texas, and we will have to stop every few hours to feed the baby. Should be interesting, but I'm looking forward to it.
The drive there is always fun and exciting. The drive home.... another story.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:53 PM   #1524
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Just booked our first visit to AoA, August 11-21 in a Cars Suite!
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:23 PM   #1525
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The drive there is always fun and exciting. The drive home.... another story.
Nah...that's when we pull out all the toys and souvies we have bought and play/read/listen!
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Old 03-11-2014, 09:34 AM   #1526
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For us the drive there is long because we are so excited and can't wait to get there. The drive home is quick. 16 hours there and 16 hours back and 4 kids is hard. We usually drive through the night both ways so the kids sleep most of it. I give a big pat on the back to those who drive further. If it was any further then 16 we would fly
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:12 PM   #1527
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Checking into a Nemo Suite on Friday!!! Does anyone have any questions I can try and research answers to??!! I stayed in Little Mermaid standard, Cars, and Lion King in 2013 so I'm looking forward to staying in Nemo and checking it all off my resort list!
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:02 PM   #1528
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Checking into a Nemo Suite on Friday!!! Does anyone have any questions I can try and research answers to??!! I stayed in Little Mermaid standard, Cars, and Lion King in 2013 so I'm looking forward to staying in Nemo and checking it all off my resort list!
If you think of it when you pass by the drink machines in Landscape of Flavors, can you please see if they have Powerade included in the refillable mugs? And if so, what flavor? Thanks!
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:55 AM   #1529
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Just picked magicband colors for our May2014 trip! Staying at LM. Anyone going to be there for the 24hrMK day???
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:20 AM   #1530
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We're checking in Saturday into a Lion King suite! SO excited to see, this is my dd16's birthday trip, and she chose the AoA, we've not seen it yet except in photos. We have in the past stayed at Pop, All Star Music, POFQ, and Old Key West, along with assorted trips offsite. We live in Tampa so frequently go for 2 or 3 days at a time. We're having a birthday cake delivered to the suite on Saturday afternoon, and then will be having dinner Saturday night at Ohana and Sunday at Garden Grill. I'm hoping to get lots of pics, will try to forward some here when I get them.
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