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Old 05-05-2014, 02:58 PM   #46
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Mvmcp

Today marks another milestone in our trip planning. DH and I decided we wanted to do MVMCP and as of this morning, we have tickets for December 2nd!

I'm having a hard time figuring out when I want to do my ADRs (and kind of where) because I'm still waiting for a few big planning things, such as park hours and the narrator list for the Candlelight Processional (as well as dining packages). I feel like I have so much left to do, but I need to remember I have plenty of time!

Also, for those familiar with My Disney Experience, I've been playing with it and trying to add our MVMCP to the timeline, but it doesn't give me the option? I can see it but the "add to my plans" button does not appear.
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Old 05-09-2014, 02:17 PM   #47
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BIG UPDATE

With the announcement of free dining being outside of DH and mine's travel dates, we have been extensively discussing whether the dining plan is worth the money. Usually DH and I come awfully close to breaking even with the DDP, so it makes sense to not have to worry about having money set aside for meals. However, with the 2014 increase in price, DH and I made the choice to cancel our DDP as we do not see how we would possibly spend $850+ on dining. That's so much money even if we were to eat out at a table service every night (which we will likely still do). We realized that with our QS credits we hardly ever ate the desserts - just stuck them in our bags and threw them away after they didn't survive the parks. We also felt miserable most TS meals when we did eat the dessert. Our final push in this decision was when DH and I ran figures from our previously saved receipts and realized that we want to return to some lower priced restaurants (Ohana, 50's Prime Time) and it just wasn't going to stack up to $850+. Instead we will be setting aside money within our goal food budget and aim to save around $200 without the DDP.

Now, that is not all of our big news... we've also decided to take this savings and pamper ourselves a bit more by switching resorts. I cannot believe this is real and I am going to type this out, but DH and I, as of this morning, have switched from Pop Century to AKL!

We have always dreamed of staying Deluxe, but I could never justify the price. Since this trip is a celebration of my graduation in December with a master's degree in Teaching (which also comes with a hefty raise) DH told me to spend the money. AKL has been my dream resort and while my frugal mind just couldn't justify paying for the Savannah View, we did elect for a Pool View and will be wandering the resort. (We find we aren't in the rooms enough to enjoy a view as is).

Life is good today!
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:46 PM   #48
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Well, hello there. It has been far too long! I'm afraid that I have been lacking on updating this PTR, but there has been very little to update until most recently with ADRs. I woke up very early to snag what we wanted, and thankfully it paid off. Our ADRs are as such:

12/1 @ 7:05pm - Tony's Town Square
12/2 @ 7:30am - Boma
12/2 @ 5:45pm - Liberty Tree Tavern
12/3 @ 7pm - Planet Hollywood
12/4 @ 5:25pm - Coral Reef
12/5 @ 6:15pm - LeCellier Steakhouse
12/6 @ 5:15pm - 50's Prime Time
12/7 @ 7:30pm - Rose and Crown Pub

We also purchased our La Nouba tickets for Wednesday, December 3rd at 9pm. This is something that DH and I have been wanting to do for awhile now. It's getting closer!
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:43 PM   #49
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Park Days (Tentative)

As I jump back on the Disney planning train, I have a few ideas in mind for our park days. I have to admit that I was a little concerned for some of them, though, because in comparison to the crowd calendar, I seemed to have picked the most busy day for each park. Any insight from December travelers to if this truly makes a difference?

The Plan Thus Far:
Monday, December 1st - Traveling and MK
We are traveling this day and should get to the World around 10am. I have left some wiggle room here for DH and I to wander our beautiful resort and grab some lunch in the food court area. We are aiming to hit the parks around 2pm for an ADR at Tony's, catch MSEP, and a non-MVMCP Wishes

Tuesday, December 2nd - MK and MVMCP
We will hit our first Disney day with breakfast at the Grand Floridian Cafe and checking out the Gingerbread House and resort decorations. We will then make our way over to MK hopefully just after RD and spend the day/evening with our MVMCP tickets

Wednesday, December 3rd - AK and DtD w/ La Nouba
Animal Kingdom is usually our shortest day. We will hit this park at RD and try to get out of there by 3pm to rest up before our ADR at Planet Hollywood and showing of La Nouba at 9pm

Thursday, December 4th - Epcot w/ Candlelight Processional
We have two days booked for Epcot and can be flexible on the narrator for the CP depending on if we have a preference. I'm waiting to book a CP dining package, but at the moment I just have an ADR at Coral Reef for this night. Ideally we will catch the CP this evening.

Friday, December 5th - Epcot
This is a half day as I have to do some morning grading and progress reporting for my online high school students (blasted midterms). We should hit Epcot around 2pm after I finish work and we catch some lunch in the food court. I'm hoping to make this a relaxing "wander the world showcase" kind of day with a
debate on adding a nighttime safari at our resort. Has anyone done one of these? Is it worth it?

Saturday, December 6th - DHS w/ Fantasmic!
Back to a normal RD schedule with an early viewing (6:30) of Fantasmic! Usually DH starts to wind down around this point in the trip, so an early night may be requested. If not, there's always the shops on the Boardwalk!

Sunday, December 7th - DHS w/ OF Lights
We might try to squeeze in a second Fantasmic! showing this evening if time permits, but with an ADR at Rose and Crown around 7:30, it'll probably be a Illuminations end to our Disney Trip.

Monday, December 8th - Traveling and ?
I'm not sure what to do this day because DH and I have a later flight that has DME pickup around 2:30pm.
I'm open to suggestions on what those who have this situation have done? DtD?
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:50 PM   #50
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I don't know if anyone is still lurking around. But, I thought I'd post a little real life update.

I've been very busy writing classes for Fall, writing my Master's Thesis, and reading through Amazon's 100 books to read in a lifetime. I guess you could say I'm a little preoccupied - never a dull moment. As it is, DH and I are debating whether we want to take a one-day excursion to the darkside and see Harry Potter expansion. Still up for debate. Does anyone have ideas on crowd levels?

Well, back to writing!
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:22 PM   #51
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Harry Potter is worth it! I don't know about crowds, depending on that, you might want to get passes that allows you to go in the line resort guest use.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:12 PM   #52
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Harry Potter is worth it! I don't know about crowds, depending on that, you might want to get passes that allows you to go in the line resort guest use.
Thanks for the tip. We went to the original harry potter section in Sept 2012 and loved it! But of course we did not get those passes. I'll have to look into this.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:34 PM   #53
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I don't know if anyone is still lurking around. But, I thought I'd post a little real life update.

I've been very busy writing classes for Fall, writing my Master's Thesis, and reading through Amazon's 100 books to read in a lifetime. I guess you could say I'm a little preoccupied - never a dull moment. As it is, DH and I are debating whether we want to take a one-day excursion to the darkside and see Harry Potter expansion. Still up for debate. Does anyone have ideas on crowd levels?

Well, back to writing!
There is a crowd calendar at undercovertourist.com! I don't know how accurate it is, but I do trust them for my tickets..... We just decided to take a one-day excursion ourselves, and bought tickets this morning.

If you have exact questions, try the Universal forum on this website! It's down at the bottom of the main page. I posted some questions last night while we were debating.

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Harry Potter is worth it! I don't know about crowds, depending on that, you might want to get passes that allows you to go in the line resort guest use.
The express pass doesn't work for Gringott's, Hogwart's Express, Forbidden Journey, or the Pteradon Flyers according to the website. It seems to work on everything else though!

However, I have read that if you're willing to ride single rider, you can get on the rides pretty quickly that way.
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:59 PM   #54
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Fellow December traveler following along. It will be our first time there for the Christmas decorations. We are staying at CBR 12/12 - 12/18.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:38 PM   #55
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to all the new followers!

DH and I have decided that we are going to head to Universal/IOA for one day in our trip. We are planning on Friday, December 5th as that was a lighter day for us anyway Disney-wise. I have yet to purchase our tickets (and probably won't get around to it until the end of August), but I did move our Le Cellier reservation to Sunday, Dec 7th (8:20pm seems awfully late, but it's all that was left Oh well!) and canceled our Rose and Crown ADR which we weren't too upset to let go of.

I did take advice and checked Undercover tourist for crowds - it seems that Friday is yellow for US and green for IOA I'll keep my fingers crossed that is how it actually turns out.

Planning To-Do List:
(I figure I might as well start this as I just added a handful of activities!)
- Purchase US/IOA tickets in September
- Make Fastpass+ Reservations in October
- Create touring plans based on Fastpass+ arrangements in October
- Make Reservations at Margaritaville (where DH and I celebrated with some drinks post-wedding) in November (30 days out)
- Schedule Mears Transportation 2 weeks before we leave (right before Thanksgiving, ideally)

Until then, it's just a waiting game! But, with my thesis writing almost finished, summer curriculum writing drawing to a close, and the Fall school year creeping up, I'm sure it will go fast!
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Old 07-23-2014, 01:38 PM   #56
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Just added the 30% discount to our reservation saving $830!
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Day One - Traveling and MK Madness

Now that I have finished writing my master's thesis and am simply taking relaxing time prior to my oral defense (if you have written a thesis, you may understand this one )... I have jumped back into planning mode and am going to start planing out our days with fingers crossed on snagging the fastpass+ I desire. Feedback is always welcome!

Day One (12/1/2014): Traveling and MK Madness
Our outbound flight from Minneapolis has us departing at 7:10am and arriving in Orlando around 11:30am. My plan is to be at the airport by 5am and on the DME bus by 12pm and finally to our new home at AKL around 1pm. From there, the plans are as such:


1pm: Arrive, leave carryon items with guest services if room is not available. Grab lunch at the Mara as well as our resort mugs. After lunch we will tour our beautiful resort!
3pm: Grab a bus to the Magic Kingdom
- The following guide through MK was made with help from Touring Plans -
4pm (roughly): Enter the Magic Kingdom... remember to breathe... then take an immediate left and Meet Mickey! I may be in my late twenties, but a talking Mickey character meet is totally on my top list
4:30pm: Head over to ride the Haunted Mansion
5:00pm Wander over to Fairytale Hall and meet Rapunzel and Cinderella (or whomever else may be there at the time)
6:15pm: Cinderella's Holiday Wish Show at the castle
6:30pm: Meet Tinker Bell at the Town Square Theater
7:05pm: Dinner at Tony's Town Square (sit outside if it's nice)
8:00pm: Head over to ride Pirates of the Caribbean
8:30pm: Ride the Jingle Cruise - at night!
8:45pm: Grab a spot on Main Street for the Electrical Parade and Wishes (we try to avoid having to move!)
9:00pm: Main Street Electrical Parade
10:00pm: Wishes!

It's a bit of a packed day, but I think we will do just fine. We may opt out of the MSEP simply because we don't much care for it and could get a ride on Thunder Mountain in instead, but it depends on how much the Disney spirit takes me!


FastPass+ Ideas:
#1: The Haunted Mansion
#2: Meet Cinderella/Rapunzel
#3: Wishes
#4 (backup): Meet Tinker Bell
#5 (backup): Big Thunder Mountain Railroad


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Day Two - MK and MVMCP

Day Two (12/02/14) - MK and MVMCP

This morning we have a breakfast ADR and some resort exploring to do before the Magic Kingdom!

7:00am - Take the bus from AKL to Epcot (opens at 8am); Take the Monorail to the TTC; Transfer monorails to MK loop for Grand Floridian
8:00am - Grand Floridian Cafe ADR; Wander the resort and explore the holiday decor
9:30am - Monorail to Magic Kingdom
From here, the schedule has been made with help from TouringPlans
10:00am - Enter the park and head to Space Mountain
10:30am - Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
10:45am - Ride TTA
11:00am - Catch Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor show
11:20am - Mickey's Philharmagic
12:00pm - Lunch at Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe
12:30pm - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
1:45pm - Enchanted Tales with Belle
2:30pm - Grab a spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3pm
3:30pm - Meet Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall
5:45pm - Liberty Tree Tavern ADR
6:45pm - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
7:30pm - Peter Pan's Flight
8:00pm - Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
8:30pm - Meet Ariel in her Grotto
9:00pm - Grab a spot for Holiday Wishes at 9:30pm
10:05pm - Celebrate the Season Show
10:30pm - Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade

Hopefully we will get the right fastpass+ selections to free up some nap time this day.


FastPass+ Ideas:
#1 Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
#2 Meet Anna and Elsa
#3 Enchanted Tales with Belle
#4 (backup) Big Thunder Mountain
#5 (backup) Meet Ariel at her Grotto

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Hi - DH and I travelled Dec 1-13 last year and stayed at Animal Kingdom Kidani and loved it. We were fortunate to have really great weather except for a single hot humid day. We loved visiting the pool daily.

I knew your DH would come around. Mine always put up a front about Disney...blah. HE is the one that requested we plan another trip after our one time trip. HE is the one that wants to ensure we renew our passes next year (we live close to DL so we bought passes for our trip). Hubby's really just want to make us happy (as we like to make them happy).

Hope you have a blast and I look forward to reading more about your trip.

Congrats on your masters degree. Be proud of your accomplishment.
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Hi - DH and I travelled Dec 1-13 last year and stayed at Animal Kingdom Kidani and loved it. We were fortunate to have really great weather except for a single hot humid day. We loved visiting the pool daily.

I knew your DH would come around. Mine always put up a front about Disney...blah. HE is the one that requested we plan another trip after our one time trip. HE is the one that wants to ensure we renew our passes next year (we live close to DL so we bought passes for our trip). Hubby's really just want to make us happy (as we like to make them happy).

Hope you have a blast and I look forward to reading more about your trip.

Congrats on your masters degree. Be proud of your accomplishment.
I am very proud, I just wish it was done, but almost there! I hope that we have decent weather, but I know it's always up in the air for December!
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