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Old 03-30-2014, 07:13 PM   #1
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Squeak, Squeaker, Squeakin'.....October 2014 PTR




Welcome one and all to my first ever PTR! I know you were all expecting a meeting of the Junior Chipmunks, unfortunately Kronk got called away to clean Yzma’s kitty litter box. For those of you who will stick with me I promise action, adventure… probably won’t be found here, just the plotting of some! Muahahaha!

As I mentioned this will be my first PTR. I have read through a few and hopefully will make this easy, fun and perhaps a little interesting for everyone. If anything goes wrong the evil kitty did it!

When! October (I feel strange giving out exact dates so please excuse me)

Where! Animal Kingdom Lodge – Villas – Jambo House! Oh and Cabana Bay (Yup the Darkside!)

Introductions!



Amber: That’s me! I’m in my early thirties and live in beautiful Ontario Canada. I’m also the Disney nut driving this magical express! As a child we went as a family a few times to the World, even Disneyland once I think. My memories are very few and I don’t think I have seen any pictures of those trips sadly. Then at age 24 I went on the International Program to represent Canada in the World Showcase by working at Le Cellier. Yes, it was awesome! While I loved Disney before it really forged my love even more now!

Favorite Characters: Chip and Dale
Favorite Disney Movie: Hercules, Little Mermaid and Lilo & Stitch….ohoh and Robin Hood!
Favorite Non-Disney Movie: Yeah, I can’t choose, TV and books are another matter but maybe that’s a post for later.




Andy: Boyfriend and love of my life(maybe not so much if he see's which picture of him I posted! hee!). He’s in his mid-thirties and will be celebrating his birthday during our trip!! He does enjoy Disney, not quite the nut I am but he's happy to go. While he won't get excited until a few days before we go he's been bringing up Disney things lately, such as pressing pennies when we are there! Yay, I'm so rubbing off on him! His first trip to Disney World was in 2010 when we went together.

Favorite Characters: Kronk, Dug
Favorite Disney Movie: Emperor’s New Groove (hence the title of this PTR)
Favorite Non-Disney Movie: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Fifth Element




Us: By the time we go down in October we will have been together 6 years! I’m so incredibly lucky to have him in my life! This will be our second trip together to the world and I know it will be even more magical then the first one! (especially cause I was not on the DIS the first time around!)


I'm looking forward to having a place where I can just share my excitement and planning. Even if it just ends being me who reads it! lol

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Old 03-30-2014, 07:23 PM   #3
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The resort – How did we end up here?!


Firstly let me just say…

AnimalKingdomLodge!! AnimalKingdomLodge!! AnimalKingdomLodge!! Animal FreakingKingdomLodge!!



Okay thanks, had to get that out of my system. Lol

How did we end up at AKL? When we visited back in 2010 we were originally going to stay at Pop, then my mother upgraded us as a Christmas gift and we moved on over to Port Orleans – Riverside. After that we definitely wanted to stay moderate again this trip, especially as I promised Andy this trip would be a little more relaxed and calm with more resort time. (Last time we want commando in the parks….lol and just saying that makes me a giggle a little still. Lol)

So we, well I, started looking into the moderates. There’s really not a great selection for moderates I find, is that just me? Anyways I had stayed at Coronado Springs before as well back on the IP (International Program), it was nice but I wasn’t crazy about it(except the pool), and Caribbean Beach just wasn’t calling my name either.

The only real moderate I wanted to stay at was French Quarter. I’ve wanted to stay there for a long time. And so started the number crunching and research. Unfortunately it wasn't looking good. We had been planning/hoping to get atleast a room discount or free dining and those aren’t typically offered at FQ because they don’t need them to fill the rooms. So made the choice to switch Riverside, yes we went there last time but it was very nice aaaaand we had stayed in the mansions but this time planned on Alligator Bayou atleast giving us a taste of a different resort a bit. I started getting excited.

And then looking historically at the numbers they may not have any FD or RO for the dates we were arriving/staying. What the heck?!! We could have changed our dates I suppose but we just seemed set on these dates already(and there was no way I could push our Disney vacation out further, I think it would have sent me into a fit to make it a longer wait to go!)

We could have waited till summer to see what the discounts were but I just couldn’t wait….or just didn’t want too! So that’s when I finally looked into what this “renting DVC” was really all about.

Went to David’s site, recognized that guy with the sorcerer hat from allears newsletters and set about reading through the site. Then I got to the calculator. Whoa! We can stay at a Deluxe for less then a moderate? I mentioned it to Andy that evening and in the morning he agreed to give it a shot so I submitted for the AKV – Value. Figured I wouldn’t hear anything until the next day as it was a Sunday. 2-3 hours later they came back! The Value studio wasn’t available but they provided what would be available and so we tried for the AKV-Standard Studio, which was still saving money and you know, suddenly being able to stay at a deluxe for a great price was worth it! That evening they came back with our reservation number! That was it! We were booked! Holy Guacamole! Pretty amazing and surreal. I did a little dance…more then once! Lol.. Staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge! Seems too amazing to be real, but it is!!! Feeling pretty lucky!



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Old 03-30-2014, 07:28 PM   #4
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I am going in October too! Yay for October trips! I have subscribed and will read along.
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Old 03-30-2014, 08:40 PM   #5
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Joining in! October is my favorite time of the year at Disney!
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:22 PM   #6
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I am going in October too! Yay for October trips! I have subscribed and will read along.
Thanks so much for following along! We can compare notes along the way! 6 months until its October!

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Joining in! October is my favorite time of the year at Disney!

Yay, thanks! I had read your Oct'13 trip report(I tend to lurk more then comment, but I'm working on changing that!). You're TR was inspiring! I'm hoping to one day to do runDisney myself and its always great to see other people doing it!
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Flights! (Of Fancy)

Happy Monday! Not that mondays have much to be happy about unless your in the World, but a week today I will be getting ready for ADR day the next morning(Tuesday!)! I'm looking forward it and hoping it all goes smoothly. Plus its the perfect excuse to skip the gym that day! Normally i feel guilty if I skip a day but as long as I go a minimum of 4 days a week I can't feel too bad.



This was the sunrise from the plane on our last trip. We had gotten up in that 3am-4am hour. Thankfully this trip will not be starting as early. It will actually be starting late!

So we are trying something new this trip. We are going to make the trek across the border and fly out of Buffalo! Initially the times and prices made it not worth it but thanks to the disboards I was there when Southwest released their October flights and got us booked for a little less then $600usd round trip total(opposed to the $1150.00CAD westjet would have cost)

We're going to drive down the night before after work and stay overnight at one of the hotels and do the ParkSleepFly. So for $100-$130 we can stay a night catch the shuttle to the airport in the am and leave the car at the hotel until we return. In total, including hotel and gas we're going to save about $250-$300 doing so. And one of the best parts is skipping customs at the airport!! Such a pain in the butt, it can take so long, and if I'm going to stand in line its going to be at Disney in an awesome queue line or have a Dolewhip at the end of it. It also means not having to be at the airport as early. So getting up at the usual 5:30am won't be too bad for us.

So really our adventure will start late the night before, I'm pretty excited!

When we arrive in Orlando it will be Universal (Cabana Bay) for two nights and then off to Animal Kingdom Lodge for seven nights!! Thinking of this is what is getting me through work I tell ya! Which is a difficult two weeks right now as I'm backing up for someone on vacation. Nice to have the PTR to help distract me! Oh the plotting! The plotting!!!

Hope everyone else's plotting it going well too!! Any ADR days coming up?!





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I am joining in! October is such a great time of year to be in Florida. I am so jealous that you are staying at AKL. I am staying at Riverside this year and that is an upgrade for us. Last year we were at All Stars Movies. Looking forward to hearing more details of your trip.
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Yay, thanks! I had read your Oct'13 trip report(I tend to lurk more then comment, but I'm working on changing that!). You're TR was inspiring! I'm hoping to one day to do runDisney myself and its always great to see other people doing it!
Thanks for the kind words. Towards the end I wasn't sure how much people were reading but knowing there were lurkers makes me smile

This board is super supportive of new runners so hopefully one day you will join in


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We enjoyed AKL in the past. That is a great choice for a trip! Are you going to do HHN at Universal or just enjoy the parks? I had to do customs through Montrael in December & I agree with you that it is awful! Coming into Canada was easy as it was 11:30PM at night & we were the last flight of the day but leaving even at the first flight in the morning was rough & we got to customs prior to their 4AM opening.
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I am joining in! October is such a great time of year to be in Florida. I am so jealous that you are staying at AKL. I am staying at Riverside this year and that is an upgrade for us. Last year we were at All Stars Movies. Looking forward to hearing more details of your trip.
Riverside is beautiful, we will absolutely be staying there again one day. I'm still kinda blown away we'll be at AKL, plan on enjoying every moment while we can! Thanks so much for reading along!

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We enjoyed AKL in the past. That is a great choice for a trip! Are you going to do HHN at Universal or just enjoy the parks? I had to do customs through Montrael in December & I agree with you that it is awful! Coming into Canada was easy as it was 11:30PM at night & we were the last flight of the day but leaving even at the first flight in the morning was rough & we got to customs prior to their 4AM opening.
I think its safe to say that with how many people are on these boards there are always lurkers! I'm trying to be more chatty now though! No plans on HHN strangely enough. I did it a few times when I was on IP program and had such an amazing time I always wanted to go back but now find myself not that interested(at this moment of time) plus it would probably be an extra $200 as we would need to get the express pass for it as well to make sure we got to see enough of it. Plus I think it would just tire us out right at the start of vacation. Of course so much can change in 6 months too! lol Hope you enjoyed your time in Montreal, or atleast found it interesting!

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Came over to say hello! I'd love to stay at AKL one day. We always visit Jambo House for some Boma breakfast on our trips! I'm looking forward to reading more!
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Came over to say hello! I'd love to stay at AKL one day. We always visit Jambo House for some Boma breakfast on our trips! I'm looking forward to reading more!
Thanks for stopping by! Our trips are so close we'll have to compare notes. It's pretty crazy that we're staying at AKL, have to enjoy it as much as we can.
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Old 04-02-2014, 09:09 PM   #14
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Da Plans!! Da Plans!!

So we all know why you’re here, you want to see the plans, the itinerary, the schedule, how do they compare to yours, maybe there’s something you didn’t think of that you can use or maybe you want to see just for general Disney squee! It is the most exciting part of the PTR!

So I’m trying to figure out how to best post this in an easy way to read but not be "too much". I hope it works…..if not, don’t tell me! Lol I colored the “vital” info so you can skim it if you don’t want to read all my prattling, which I still tried to keep to a minimum.

Side note: When we booked this trip I promised the boyfriend this time would be more relaxed, more time to enjoy the resort. So I tried to allow for that and we can always add more resort time with this more "easy" schedule.

So here we are…




Day 1
Universal Studios – Cabana Bay

We’ll arrive at the resort 12:30-1pm. Probably head to the Studios right away as the park will more then likely close at 5-6pm for Halloween Horror nights, which currently we are not attending. So will enjoy Cabana Bay and City Walk.
Eats: Not sure yet

Day 2
Universal Studios

Up early for early entry to Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Start at Hogsmeade and then board the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley and the Studios which is where most of the rides we want are. And maybe hop back to IOA if we have time.
Eats: Krusty Burger in Springfield USA!!!

Day 3
Disney world – Animal Kingdom Lodge – Magic Kingdom

Up early and heading to Animal Kingdom Lodge, with a quick grocery/booze stop on the way. Check in, stow the goods and head to Magic Kingdom!! MK will close early for MNSSHP but that means we can relax and explore AKL!
Breakfast: Room
Lunch: Sleepy Hollow for Buffalo Chicken Sandwich!
Dinner: Be Our Guest (probably just for apps and dessert and we will just fill up on MK snacks)


Day 4
Epcot

Sleep in a little as it will be a looong day. We will be skipping Illuminations and hopping to MK for 10pm Wishes and EMH! Very excited, don’t think I have ever done EMH.
Breakfast: Room or Mara
Lunch: San Angel
Dinner: Food & Wine Fest



Day 5
Typhoon Lagoon

Sleep in a little after a long night and then head for the Polynesian to get some Tonga Toast at Captain Cooks! Yummm! I love Tonga Toast. And then head to TL. Afterwards we will either chill at the resort or hit up some more F&W at Epcot.
Breakfast: Captain Cooks
Lunch: Leaning Palms or Typhoon Tillys
Dinner: Food & Wine Fest or Mara


Day 6
Animal Kingdom

Love this park so hope we can spend the whole day! Maybe try to go to the Boardwalk after.
Breakfast: Room or Mara
Lunch: Flame Tree BBQ
Dinner: Mara?


Day 7
Downtown Disney – DisneyQuest

This is supposed to be an easy day so sleep in and then head to the Polynesian for Kona Café and more Tonga Toast and then DTD for Disney Quest and shopping. Maybe hit up the Boardwalk if we don’t on Wed.
Breakfast: Kona
Lunch: Food trucks! Or Wolfgang Puck Express! Or Earl of Sandwich
Dinner: Depends on where we are! (Maybe F&W?!)


Day 8
Hollywood Studios

Up early(maybe rope drop?!) and planning on a mid day break back at the resort before heading back for dinner and Fantasmic! Never done a mid day break so looking forward to trying it out. Makes me nervous for some reason.
Breakfast: Room or Mara
Lunch: SciFi Drive In
Dinner: 50’s Prime Time


Day 9
Park Hop!! (Last full day)

I’m thinking we will just do two parks. Boyfriends pick is probably going to be Epcot and I will pick Magic Kingdom. I’m hoping to plan dinner to be done in time to watch Hallowishes from the Poly beach.
Breakfast: Room or Mara
Lunch: Depends on where we are
Dinner: Ohana ( for Boyfriends birthday!!)


Day 10
Magical Express

No park today. Early Breakfast at Boma and then the Magical Express to MCO for our 11am flight.
Breakfast: Boma


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Old 04-02-2014, 09:53 PM   #15
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I'm in!!

Yay for another PTR to follow!!

I am so excited about Cabana Bay! I cant wait to see your TR! You must do one now!!

All your plans looks awesome, and woohoo on saving some $$$ and no customs!!

I love eating at Margaritaville on the CityWalk, so there's a suggestion for your first night! Try the cheese curds for the app, omg....

I am so jealous of everyone who is going to Diagon Alley! I want to go!! But it's just not in the cards this trip..

Your plans at Disney look pretty laid back to me, lots of room to add things in as you feel and lots of yummy food planned, love it all! I vote for food trucks at DTD! I have heard amazing things about the hand dipped corn dogs!

How awesome that you were a CM!!! And at Le Cellier!! Soooo cool! I hope to eat there one day but not when my kids are so small... but I am SO excited to finally try that cheese soup at the F&W booth!!
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