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Old 06-19-2013, 08:32 PM   #31

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Originally Posted by vanillarum View Post
I would give him a copy of the Unofficial Guide to WDW, tell him to read it cover to cover AND then call you. Hope it all works out for him - his intentions are good.
I agree.

Tink, at the very least please print off the free touring plans from TouringPlans.com (one for each park), so they will at least have something in hand to guide them.

Shoot, airfare is going to stink, too. Hopefully they learn about Magical Express or plan on renting a car.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:41 AM   #32
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I recently had a friend ask me for some info to help plan a trip to WDW. He wanted to stay on site, so I told him about the summer discount that was being offered, and that his family of 5 would fit in one room at POR. They are flying in so he didn't want to bother with a rental car.

A few days ago I find out he booked off site and has a rental car. The only thing that worries me a bit is that he also booked his trip as a package through Costco. Hopefully he did indeed get the great deal they told him they gave him.
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:12 AM   #33
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I am often called Reverend Disney....I love planning.....took my parents last year. They only wanted to go for a few days and don't travel.....guess what, they are going with us for 8 nights this year and very excited. This year we have a family with a 3 children. One has medical equipment that he has to have all the time. They never thought they could afford it for a long time. After a little research and pricing for them....they are going for 6 nights that will correspond with part of our trip. We are all best friends, but their daughters won't know until the day they leave and my DD has no idea that her besties will be there until we get the knock on our door when we arrive at POP. They are there 2 days before us, so will put a plan together for the, so they aren't overwhelmed. As mom thought last year, they thought they would walk from the resort into a park. We are trying to make it as easy as we can, then we can help when we get there. I did all the planning, even going to my travel agent to set it up as well as all the ADRs. No way I would rather spend my day....love it. I often get messages from friends of friends looking for advice. Wish I could do it as a job. September is going to be a blast with our friends and the surprise of it all!!
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:22 AM   #34
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One word - swolphin. Depending on the particular days during time around july 4, I found availability at swan or dolphin on their website. I saw the swan with their online promotional rate for 249/night for july 1 through 6 (I think that also gives sixth night free). From swan, easily walk to epcot and walk/boat to dhs. And with those age kids, epcot/dhs may be even more important than mk. And at swan/dolphin, you have great restaurants, can also walk to boardwalk, and obviously a short walk to epcot world showcase for more great food choices. Good luck! (And just to put out there, while we agree planning can be helpful, we have a super disney time with just a little planning, not going crazy-we have done several disney trips on just a few weeks notice due to my unpredictable work schedule, which often means staying at swan/dolphin, because they frequently have last minute deals, and also can walk to epcot for food, so lack of adrs not so critical).
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:37 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by chrystalc77 View Post
I have a coworker who is the exact same way......she asked me at the beginning of the year if I would help her plan, and I told her absolutely since we aren't going this year I can live vicariously through her. However every time I go to talk to her about it she is standoffish. Her DH works construction, and says that as soon as the job he is on is over they are going to go. No planning, no payment making, no dining reservations. Blows my mind. I don't know if she thinks she's going to ride around looking for a vacancy sign or what, but she doesn't get that people plan for Disney sometimes years in advance, and you need to have some kind of idea of what parks and rides will interest you. I'm afraid Disney is going to chew them up and spit them out!!!
I know someone like this. For years she had been telling us she and her DH were going to take the kids to WDW, but they were seat of your pants vacationers. Ummm...not at WDW. Cannot book early because Dad has his own business, never knows when he will have time off. Cannot plan, never know what they will be doing. Those kids will be 110 and still not have been to WDW.

We went over Thanksgiving last year and ran into a nice family who was staying with us at BC. They did this last minute trip, had never been before and were really surprised that they were shut out of a lot. I showed them some Aps on my phone and hooked them up with the DIS. They told me that they were going to look at it as their research trip, so that the next time they would nto miss anything.
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