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  1. disneymagicgirl

    disneymagicgirl Been there, Done that, Going back!

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    Thanks! I know my boys are going to want to wear them to school Thursday(we pick them up at noon) but I can't risk that on those white shirts! Getting so excited now!!
     
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  3. ocalla

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    Love those!!!!!
     
  4. dismom75

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    I realize that the discount has to be available in the category that you'd like to book. But, is it common, these days, that it would have to be Lagoon View or higher? If so, I'm a bit surprised by that considering it IS already a deluxe resort. I know we booked a room discount at the Yacht Club a few years ago with no problem (standard view). But, it sounds like you're saying it's not as easy to do that these days. Again, though, I could "maybe" see them being more restrictive at a Value or Moderate resort...but this is already a Deluxe! I'm now wondering if I have to give up my "dreams" of getting some sort of discount at all. :sad:
     
  5. disneymagicgirl

    disneymagicgirl Been there, Done that, Going back!

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    If you book the day the discount comes out you may get a cheaper view but I wasn't able to get the discount on our trip except LV or higher.
     
  6. Wood Nymph

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    BCV guests can use their refillable mugs at the Marketplace and Hurricane Hannas. I think the "official" rules are that you can only refill the mugs at your resort during the length of your stay.

    But some people, including my sister, have been told that by CM's they can refill their mug at any resort. The truth is that right now no one checks you when you refill your mug to see if you really are a guest of the resort. Eventually, Disney is supposed to roll out RFID refill stations, which will somehow control who gets to refill their mug. Boardwalk Bakery has set up a refill station for the resort guests at Boardwalk. Officially, you most likely can't refill your mug there.

    I always brought my own ground coffee when we stayed in the villas. I just made one zip lock bag of coffee for each pot I planned to brew, and threw in a coffee filter. It was easy. :)
     
  7. HubbDave

    HubbDave Remember, no matter where you go, there you are

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    We booked our vacation back in early Feb through a TA (Magical Vacations). The discount they offered seemed to beat even the 30% Visa one for rooms and tickets...

    How do they do that? Can agencies book a big block of rooms for a lower rate?
     
  8. Ninja Mom

    Ninja Mom Atention People of Earth, I come in Peace

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    :mic: Public service announcement! :mic:

    Yeah buddy, it's starting to get HOT :furious: in WDW!

    This can only mean 1 thing....

    IT IS TIME TO BRING YOUR REFILLABLE MUG INTO THE PARKS WITH YOU!

    NO, YOU CAN'T REFILL THE MUGS FOR FREE in THE PARKS but YOU can STASH the left-overs of your ginourmous, park purchased beverages in the refillable mugs and keep them cool as you stroll on down the lanes at WDW. This includes the alcoholic beverages like the slushies and the beers! Um, um, Ummm! A nice, still cold beer, tucked away nicely in that refillable mug..... YUM!

    Keep in mind if you are not on the dining plan or not purchasing a mug you can bring one from home to keep your beverages chilled as you stroll the parks.

    Take it from ol' Ninja Mom, the Spaceship Earth ride was a whole heck of a lot more interesting enjoyed while sipping a Margarita from Mexico. Why heck, you can see Disney World in a whole new light when you enjoy the Ride/beverage combination I am advocating here!

    So don't forget to stash those refillable mugs in your back pack or cinch sack or Hefty bag or whatever you roll with when you go to the parks!

    The other tip I'm going to give you is that when you are ordering a meal at a counter service not everyone has to order the bucket of soda that is on the menu 'attached' to each "meal". You can order items "ala cart" and split them to save money. For a counter service meal we usually get 2 soda's and split them between 5 people and their refillable mugs. For us it's more than enough and if anyone gets thirsty later then they can just order another drink later in the afternoon or evening.

    Now if you are on the dining plan you are kind of screwed because you paid for the full meal for each person and the full meal is what you will get. So bring YOUR refillable mug and stash your leftover beverages for leisurely sipping and strolling when the weather gets hot!

    This is a public service announcement from Ninja Mom. Please stay hydrated, lubricated and placated while touring Disney parks! Don't drink and drive, drink and RIDE! Dehydration is no fun while you are on vacation. Please don't over do it on the alcoholic beverages as they can cause dehydration as well.


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  9. dismom75

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    What's the best way to know the day the discount comes out? Is there a particular thread that I should be subscribed to or a certain website I should be checking daily?
     
  10. Ninja Mom

    Ninja Mom Atention People of Earth, I come in Peace

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    Ok I'm back, only this time with a question.

    Where is the nearest best supermarket for a cab ride grocery run from the Epcot resort area? I'll be staying at POR in about a month and I plan on taking a cab from the resort to a good supermarket on my arrival day. POR and BC/YC are near enough to each other for comparison purposes.

    The Goodings store at the Crossroads mall is getting nailed in reviews as being tawdry and expensive. I want something that is relatively close, has decent prices (but I'm not expecting miracles) and is NOT a Walgreens or mini mart. I'm talking about a close supermarket that the average Joes go to, but is not in the hinterlands and a $75 dollar cab round trip away.

    Don't even mention Garden grocer or the other shopper services. I tried Garden grocer on my last trip and they seriously dropped the ball with their disgusting produce selection and crushed donuts. I know everybody raves about them but I can't think of a single good reason someone chose to put brown and withered lemons in my bag. Garden grocer is in Ninja Mom's dog house BIG TIME and the boys will tell you THAT is NEVER a good thing!

    Thanks in advance for all of your wonderful ideas!

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    ~NM
     
  11. jennyjinx3

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    Thanks for all your amazing tips!! They will be put to good use in T-minus

    8 DAYS!!
     
  12. skater

    skater <font color=blue>Change sometimes stinks.. doesn't

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    Ninja Mom - That was the most fun refillable mug post I've ever read! I have scoffed in the past at people lugging around those mugs. Now, I am scheming about secret margaritas on Spaceship Earth :goodvibes.
     
  13. Kimmy2Disney

    Kimmy2Disney Can't wait to be back in the world!!

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    Last trip we drove to a super Walmart from POFQ-- it was pretty close-- under 5 miles and less than 10 min drive- so I'd imagine the cab ride wouldn't be too unreasonable and you should be able to get anything you need there.
     
  14. HubbDave

    HubbDave Remember, no matter where you go, there you are

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    We only use Garden Grocer fir things like water, cereal, chips. Would not consider them for produce or other fresh stuff

    Isn't there a Publix kinda close?
     
  15. Ninja Mom

    Ninja Mom Atention People of Earth, I come in Peace

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    I was thinking of all of you who have trips coming up soon!! :banana::banana::banana:

    This is what's so great about this thread. You find all sorts of information here that can really make your trip more enjoyable!

    OooOOOoooh! SUPER Walmart! Ninja Mom Likes!

    Thanks!! Keep 'em coming people!!

    ~NM
     
  16. jenjersnap

    jenjersnap yadda yadda yadda

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    Yes, they book blocks of rooms under "group sales". Group sales park tickets are nicely discounted too. My current TA rate looks pretty unbeatable at this point. I was hoping to re-book to get garden view or get free dining (which would be almost exactly the same cost as my TA rate but it is just easier) but I don't think October is going to have a better discount than September and I REALLY don't see free dining being extended.
     
  17. jenjersnap

    jenjersnap yadda yadda yadda

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    Standard and garden views get booked first. There are fewer of them than lagoon/pool view and they are less expensive so they are popular. If bookings are high, then they don't need to offer a discount for that room category or they will limit rooms. I am not sure how common it is - or will be in the future - but it definitely seems like YC & BC are having a very busy fall. I have mentioned it here before but I was unable to book even a rack rate garden view at BC for October back in late January. I think bookings warranted limiting discounts during that time period.
     
  18. jenjersnap

    jenjersnap yadda yadda yadda

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    NinjaMom, do you know I lug my mug into the parks every single day for maximum caffeine intake BUT IT NEVER OCCURRED TO PUT MY MARGARITA INTO IT?! Brilliant, thank you!

    Oh, and we have always gone to the Winn-Dixie on Apopka-Vineland just up the way from Goodings. It isn't as snazzy as the Publixes but is just fine. I do think it is the actual closest decent store to POR.
     
  19. HubbDave

    HubbDave Remember, no matter where you go, there you are

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    Secret Margaritas could almost make.Maelstrom enjoyable...almost
     
  20. skater

    skater <font color=blue>Change sometimes stinks.. doesn't

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    I might ride it over and over again next time :rotfl:. I could go anywhere with my secret margarita! The possibilities are endless. Every Disney trip has a theme. The next one just might be Secret Margaritas!!!
     
  21. JediBonas

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    I see a lot of talk on a few threads about Green Grocer, anyone have an opinion on if it would be worth it or if I should just ship stuff to our resort (YC). I was thinking we'd need diapers (2 sizes and swim diapers), some cereal and stuff for breakfast/snacks and milk. I was thinking we could even pack everything but the milk but not sure if its worth it.
     
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