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Old 09-12-2013, 10:18 PM   #16
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We have been to WDW for NYE before... But we only went to DtD and resort. It. Is. Crazy! Like, insane crazy. As in - hold your kids hands for dear life - crazy. It was awesome, I am glad I did it once... But I don't think I would ever venture into the parks for NYE. Too much stress until my kids were old enough to fend for themselves.

I keep contemplating it... Because we have been there, and then I think back to that night... And my crazy fear of losing my kids in the boisterous crowds, and holding their hand for dear life and yelling "I will get you out safe I promise!!" ... And then spending NyE at a resort seems so much more relaxed! LOL!
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Ps. Osborne lights come on about 5:30 or so. They Are HANDS DOWN the most "not to be missed" thing of the holiday. Do not miss them, you will regret it :-)
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:06 PM   #18
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We have been to WDW for NYE before... But we only went to DtD and resort. It. Is. Crazy! Like, insane crazy. As in - hold your kids hands for dear life - crazy. It was awesome, I am glad I did it once... But I don't think I would ever venture into the parks for NYE. Too much stress until my kids were old enough to fend for themselves.

I keep contemplating it... Because we have been there, and then I think back to that night... And my crazy fear of losing my kids in the boisterous crowds, and holding their hand for dear life and yelling "I will get you out safe I promise!!" ... And then spending NyE at a resort seems so much more relaxed! LOL!
I know it'll be a zoo and I think I'm prepared for it. I just think that if I don't at least *try* to make it to a park to see some fireworks, I'll regret it.

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Ps. Osborne lights come on about 5:30 or so. They Are HANDS DOWN the most "not to be missed" thing of the holiday. Do not miss them, you will regret it :-)
Yes, I've seen them 3 times already - twice just Dale and me, and once all 4 of us. I love them! I wasn't sure if they might be on by 5:00 since it gets dark so early in the winter. Since we're going to HDDR at 6:15, I think we need to be heading out of DHS no later than 5:15 to make it to check in on time. That makes me lean towards going to DHS on NYE. That may be one of those decisions I put off for awhile. Of course, if I think I might want to get an ADR, I need to be on the hunt NOW.

Thanks for the input!
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:24 PM   #19
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Welcome to the weekend!!!

Dale had to go to a Reserve meeting today/tomorrow so I don't have anything better to do on a Friday night than cruise the DIS. This time of year, right at the end of the govt fiscal year and beginning of the next is always busy for him and he'll be gone a lot over the next couple of months. I told him that's our Disney money!

My countdown on my phone shows that we're only 10 days from doing the Double Digit Dance. I have to keep myself from getting TOO excited too soon! I have all sorts of things I want to do in the meantime, like:

- I have my eye on a shirt on Zazzle that I want to order to wear on my birthday. I'm hoping for a discount code to show up on the Bargain Board between now and then.

- I need to buy some trading pins. For our last long trip in May 2011, I bought 100, I think, online, and they lasted us for that trip, our couples' trip in Nov 2011, and our weekend trip last Sept. It's so hard to buy pins online anymore. I try to use the list on the DIS of "good" sellers and avoid the ones selling scrappers, but it's hard to find a sizeable lot. Dale loves to pin-trade, and our boys are pretty into it, also. I like to wear my lanyard, but I'm really picky and don't trade for much.

I visited the trip report of another DIS-er that used to maintain the CSR thread over on the Resort thread. She's rented points to stay at OKW the last several years, so I asked her advice about what area would be good to request. She recommended Old Turtle Pond, and looking at it on the map, it looks like a pretty good location. Maybe I'll get lucky.

Have a great weekend and THINK DISNEY!
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Another weekend down, another week closer to !!

About the only thing I did this weekend was to do a little searching and see what ADRs might be available at DHS on NYE. I love 50's Prime Time Café and right now I'm seeing one for about 4:15 and one for about 7:00. If I spot one for 5:30-6:00, I'll probably snag it and cancel the one I have for Olivia's. There are still several for Olivia's and I could replace that one more easily if I wanted to.

I'm also kind of thinking about finding something to do next month over Columbus Day weekend. We didn't take a vacation this summer because Dale was one of the lucky civil service employees who had to have 6 unpaid furlough days, resulting in a 20% salary decrease over the summer. We had promised Drew we'd try to get to Wild Adventures over the summer and never made it, so I considered taking a quick trip up there. Our kids have a 4-day weekend over Columbus Day, so we could take a couple of days to do that if we wanted. Dale has a lot of Army duty over the next month or so, though, and I'm not sure he would be enthused about spending yet another weekend away from home.

Everyone have a great week!
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Another week down, another week off the countdown!

I've been pretty busy this weekend and haven't had much time for DIS planning. I have been checking the Disney website for an ADR at 50's Prime Time for NYE and right now, just the 4:15 one is left. I'm arguing with myself about whether I should snag it.

If we stick with our original plan of not leaving home until the morning of the 31st, we probably won't arrive on property until 4:00. I'm kind of planning to leave a day early, however Dale doesn't know that yet. My niece is actually starting college in Gainesville in January. Her parents, my brother and SIL, will be getting her set up in an apt over there sometime between Christmas and New Year's. My plan is to leave home on the 30th and drive as far as G'ville to spend the night - see my niece's apt, have dinner. Then, get up and drive the rest of the way to Disney on the 31st and be there by lunchtime. I am a little concerned that traffic might be pretty heavy on the 31st, so I'd like to get through it early. I don't think it'll be a hard sell.

I had thought we might try to get away next month for Columbus Day, but Dale came home yesterday and said that he needs to do some Army duty the first of October, so he'll be gone all that week. I know him well enough to know that he won't want to take any extra personal days off, so I doubt we'll go anywhere. On the bright side, though, I texted with my BFF yesterday and we may all meet up for our alma mater's homecoming in November, so I can look forward to that.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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It's my Double-Digit Day!

99 days from today, we'll be checking into OKW and hopefully watching some NYE fireworks!

That also means it is only 92 days until Christmas, so I need to get busy with my shopping!
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With October right on the doorstep, I'm feeling that familiar excitement start to build. I always feel like once I get to October, the year just unravels. We have a long weekend for Columbus Day, Halloween is right around the corner, then it's November, Thanksgiving and whammo! it's December! Tomorrow I will start my Christmas shopping list.

Anyway, I've been checking online off-and-on for an ADR for 50's Prime Time Café for NYE. Not obsessively, but every few days. I just happened to think about checking it before I came onto the DIS, and plugged in the date and time and got the error message across the top of the screen, but it had pulled up some times before it quit, and one of them was for 50's PTC around 5:30 - great time for us! So I snagged it. That seals the deal for me and I'm going to plan for us to go to DHS on NYE. I saw a post last week on the Theme Parks board saying that the Osborne Lights usually turn on about 5:30-5:45, but on our other DHS day, we'll be headed to Pioneer Hall for the Hoop Dee Doo by then. If we don't see the OL on our arrival day, we won't get to. And that would make me sad, and since it's my birthday trip, I'm not allowed to be sad!

So, our latest iteration of dining reservations:

Tues, 12/31: 50's Prime Time Café dinner
Wed, 1/1: Liberty Tree Tavern lunch
Thurs, 1/2: Via Napoli dinner
Fri, 1/3: Sci-Fi lunch, Hoop Dee Doo dinner
Sat, 1/4: Be Our Guest dinner

I think I'm satisfied now. Maybe. I keep thinking about changing my birthday dinner to Garden Grill instead of Via Napoli. It's a lot more money, though. I just think it would be fun to celebrate my birthday with Mickey, Pluto, Chip & Dale.

I need to run the numbers on getting the Tables in Wonderland card again!

We check in 13 weeks from tomorrow!
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I've been a slacker on my PTR and I know it. As predicted, once we hit October, the days start to fly by. Yesterday was 12 weeks till check-in!

Brad's good friend from church just got back from a Disney trip, staying at the Beach Club and got the Magic Bands. He told Brad all about how cool they are, so now Brad is asking me every few days if we're going to be able to get them too. I keep telling him I haven't heard yet if OKW is going to have them by then. I feel pretty sure we will get them, I think they'll try to have all the resorts using MB before the crazy holiday season, but I don't want to get his hopes up.

His friend's mom did give resounding praise to using the MB on their trip. They lucked into getting a FP+ for Be Our Guest for lunch. She said it was awesome - she was ordering their food while on the bus to MK, they arrived at the park, walked directly to the restaurant past a ton of people waiting in line and were let in right away, directed to a CM who checked them in and told them to find a seat. She said they were done and out of there while the same people were still in line. I'm sure those people probably weren't happy about that, but our friends thought it was terrific, of course!

Some other friends from church are going to the last MNSSHP on Nov 1 and I'm so jealous! I've been playing my CD of the party music in my car this week.

Starting to get excited!
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Under 80 days now! I try not to hit the countdown app on my phone EVERY day... when I do that, it almost seems like the time goes by TOO quickly, if that's possible! I hate to feel like I'm wishing my life away, especially when there's so much good stuff going on between now and then. Anyway, it's showing 80 as of yesterday, I think, so I'll hold out as long as I can before I update it.

I'm doing yet another iteration of "is the TIW card worth it?" The big sticking point is that it won't be valid for 2 days of our trip, NYE and NY. Based on my estimations of what we're likely to order at the TS restaurants on our other days, I think savings would be something like:

Via Napoli: $12
Sci-Fi: $12
BOG: $20
CS lunch at AK: $8

If we get the FL resident card for $125, we've recouped less than half the cost. We rarely drink alcohol -- Dale may have one glass of wine one night during a trip -- so savings on booze doesn't make it worth it. What makes me think about getting it is that if we're going to get APs, then it would be valid the whole year, and if we go at Spring Break with my sister and her family, we would definitely get our money out of it. I guess that's one of those details I'm going to have to leave till the last minute, or at least until we make more definite plans. We could wait till the last day of the trip when we get the APs to get the TIW card and save $25 that way, but then we'd miss out on about $25 of savings on the other days, so that makes it a wash.

Tomorrow is a school holiday for Brad & Drew and a work holiday for Dale. I told my office that I had plans and wasn't coming in (I work part-time and generally set my own schedule). My sister and I are doing our annual Christmas shopping kick-off. We're driving an hour to an outlet mall -- bonus, they have a Disney Store outlet -- and we'll just enjoy a girls' day out.

Only about 11 weeks to go!
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Jan 2014: OKW - Feb 2013 (DPHM): CSR - Sept 2012: Pop - Nov 2011: Pop - May 2011: CSR - Jan 2011: All-Star Sports - May 2010: Pop Century - Nov 2009: Wilderness Lodge - May 2009: Shades of Green -
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I forgot that we did something sort of DISNEY-ish this weekend. My sister talked me into having a yard sale yesterday. We've been cleaning out out-grown toys and I told my boys that whatever we sold I would split the proceeds between them for their Disney spending money. We didn't really sell that much (but only decided to do this on Friday, so I only spent maybe 3 hours getting stuff together), but each of the boys has $40 as of now. We don't generally buy too much in the way of souvenirs, so that'll be the bulk of it. My mom sometimes gives them each $10 or $20 to spend on vacation, and maybe Santa will leave a little giftcard in their stockings.
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The boys are starting to get excited and ask me every few days "how many days, Mom?" We looked a couple of days ago and it was 75, which seems both close and far. So much to do between now and then!

I got a little start on my Christmas shopping this week. Since Monday was a holiday for Dale and the boys, my sister and I decided to do a "girls' day." We drove about an hour to another city with some different stores than we have around here, plus they have a big outlet mall. The outlet mall has a Disney Store outlet in it so I got a little Disney fix. My sister found a sleepshirt she liked, so I bought it to put away for Christmas. I also decided to stuff the boys' stockings with Disney stuff. I got Brad a pair of flip-flops on clearance, an Agent P beach towel for Drew on clearance, plus a Monsters Univ bean-bag toy for each, plus a 2014 calendar for me. Through the day, I also got t-shirts for 2 of my nephews for the boys to give them, a shirt for my father-in-law, a shirt for Dale, a new pair of Nikes for me, some new shorts for Drew (clearance, less than $5/pr at Osh Kosh), a baby gift for a friend and a birthday gift for another friend. I definitely scored!

Christmas is a pretty big deal in our family. I wouldn't say we go overboard, but we celebrate in a pretty big way. I love to spoil my family. And so I am happy to have a few things bought.

The boys are settled on Halloween costumes, I think. We have a "fall fest" at church next Saturday, and then we'll t-o-t in our neighborhood on the 31st. It'll be the first time they've been able to do that. Our church's event has always been on the 31st in prior years, so we've done that rather than the door-to-door bit. This year, they're excited about going door-to-door. I think some friends from church are going to come with us - they live on a busy street that's not conducive to going door-to-door so I told them to come here and go with us. Likely, Dale and that dad will take the 4 kids and my friend and I will dole it out from my door.

It's exciting to see my countdown getting ever smaller!
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The boys are starting to get excited and ask me every few days "how many days, Mom?" We looked a couple of days ago and it was 75, which seems both close and far. So much to do between now and then!

I.TOTALLY.KNOW.WHAT.YOU.MEAN.

its, 73 days for me, and it's like...getting so close, but at the same time i'm like, what am i suppose to do in 2 months?!?!
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I.TOTALLY.KNOW.WHAT.YOU.MEAN.

its, 73 days for me, and it's like...getting so close, but at the same time i'm like, what am i suppose to do in 2 months?!?!
Thanks for reading! I checked out your PTR and looks like we'll be there at the same time. I know it's going to be crazy-busy, but I'm starting to get really excited!

Believe me, I have plenty to do to keep myself busy for the next 70-ish days. Between now and then we have Halloween next week (the kids are super excited), my in-laws are coming for a long weekend in November, then Dale has a long weekend of Army duty right after that. The weekend before Thanksgiving, we're going to our college's first Homecoming football game (this is their first football season in like 70 years) and meeting up with my college BFF and her family, then we'll dash home so I can bake a half-dozen Thanksgiving pies. And oh yeah, I have a ton of Christmas shopping to do! If I don't do my Disney planning now, start my packing list and shopping list, it's not going to get done in time!

Speaking of my BFF, she messaged me yesterday that she has a work conference at WDW the week after we're there, and she and her husband (who have been to Disney quite a few times with their kids - they own DVC) are thinking of going the weekend before to celebrate their anniversary with their first no-kids Disney trip. We've been several times without our kids, so I definitely encouraged her to do it! And if they arrive that weekend, we might get to at least have breakfast together before we leave for home - and that would be a nice treat, to see my BFF on my birthday trip. (We live like 1000 miles apart, so we rarely see each other more than once a year, if that. This year will be unusual, since she did the Princess Half also when I was there to do it with my sister and sister-in-law for my sister's 50th birthday this year. Then, we'll meet up at our alma mater in Nov.)

Ooo, just realized it's Tuesday and since we check in to OKW on a Tuesday, that means we should be 10 weeks away, so 70 days!
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More than 25 trips to Disney World since age 4, including:
Jan 2014: OKW - Feb 2013 (DPHM): CSR - Sept 2012: Pop - Nov 2011: Pop - May 2011: CSR - Jan 2011: All-Star Sports - May 2010: Pop Century - Nov 2009: Wilderness Lodge - May 2009: Shades of Green -
Aug/Sept 2008: CSR - Jan 2008: POFQ - Sept 2007: CSR - Sept 2004: FWCabins - Sept 2003: CSR - Jan 1997: Honeymoon at Westgate - Plus many trips as a child at FW!
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As I predicted, things are getting busier and busier around here! I can't believe tomorrow is Halloween! The boys are so excited. We had a big Fall Fest at our church this past Saturday, so they've already had quite a bit of candy. We have friends coming over for dinner and to go trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.

I'm trying to buy a couple of Christmas presents every week and I've done pretty well. I ordered the newest Hidden Mickeys book to put in Dale's Christmas stocking. I also ordered a new one by the same publisher, something like "what to do in line at WDW" to put in my stocking. I got Tervis tumblers at Bed Bath & Beyond for the boys - they were on clearance for 30% off, then I had 20% coupons on top of that. I picked up a cute Monsters Univ puzzle at the Dollar Tree for Drew, also.

Right now, I'm trying REALLY hard to stay off the DIS as much as possible! My in-laws are coming next week and I'm trying to get some stuff put away and re-organized. Clearing some clutter. We had new carpet installed last month and I've been taking my time in putting some stuff back, so I can purge items we no longer need, use or want. I've given away some out-grown clothes of my boys', have thrown away games with missing pieces, broken crayons and more. The more I do, the more I want to do!

We're less than 9 weeks from check-in, almost to our 60-day online check-in and ready to make the final payment to the DVC member who rented us her points. It's getting closer!!!
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More than 25 trips to Disney World since age 4, including:
Jan 2014: OKW - Feb 2013 (DPHM): CSR - Sept 2012: Pop - Nov 2011: Pop - May 2011: CSR - Jan 2011: All-Star Sports - May 2010: Pop Century - Nov 2009: Wilderness Lodge - May 2009: Shades of Green -
Aug/Sept 2008: CSR - Jan 2008: POFQ - Sept 2007: CSR - Sept 2004: FWCabins - Sept 2003: CSR - Jan 1997: Honeymoon at Westgate - Plus many trips as a child at FW!
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