A trip of firsts- starting with my first PTR for October 2013! (TR Link Posted 10/17)

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by missangelalexis, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    Hello all and welcome to my first PTR!

    I am a little nervous about starting one, but I am so excited for my trip and who else would understand but my fellow DISers!

    So first a little background on myself! My name is Alexis :) I am 25 years old and work full time doing finance/HR related things for a finance recruiting website. I visited WDW twice as a child- once when I was 5 with my parents, and once for a day trip when I was 9 with my mom, grandma, and uncle.

    Though I've always loved Disney and dreamt of the day I could go back, it was never in the cards! That all changed last summer when my friends and I took a trip to the west coast and incorporated a day trip to Disneyland into our itinerary.

    Here I am with Minnie at California Adventure

    [​IMG]


    We had a BLAST and though one day wasn't nearly enough, I was hit by the Disney bug HARD. And as I've learned, the best way to get over the post-Disney blues is to plan another trip! Therefore, I ended up planning a WDW trip for myself & DBF for January 2013. It was our first "big" vacation together and also DBF's first time on a plane! He survived haha and we both had a great time!

    Here I am on that trip (In front of one of my favorite rides :goodvibes)

    [​IMG]

    Now while planning the January trip, I already had it in my head that I REALLY wanted to go in October for MNSSHP, as well as F&W, and I REALLY wanted to go with my parents. Once I came back from the January trip, I knew I had to go back in October and didn't think I could bear to wait until 2014! So after lots of discussions with my parents, they agreed!

    I hope I'll have some readers to follow along with me as I share my plans for October 2013! pixiedust:
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
  4. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    WHO: Myself, Mom & Dad

    Here we are on our last family vacation together in Mexico in 2011

    [​IMG]

    I am an only child and extremely close with both my parents. They are VERY excited for this trip and I can't wait to be their Disney tour guide haha!

    WHEN: October 5th-12th

    8 days, 7 nights. It will be a belated birthday celebration for myself (my bday is October 3rd) and an early anniversary/belated birthday celebration for my parents (Their anniversary is October 23rd and birthdays both in September). We definitely wanted to go during MNSSHP and F&W, and this week seemed the best option, as well as the cheapest for flights.

    WHERE: Pop Century!

    [​IMG]

    I stayed there in January and really loved it! We don't plan on spending much time in the room and a value is what fits our budget. I think Pop is also a choice my parents would enjoy!

    WHY: Is a reason necessary? HAHA! Well as I mentioned, MNSSHP is the priority for me!! Also, it's been 2 years since we've gone away together, and as I get older I'm sure we will find it harder to do so. I really want to experience Disney with them as an adult, as I know it will be a different experience than when I was a kid.

    HOW: We will be flying JetBlue, a first for all of us. However, I've heard good things about them and their perks really drew me in (free snacks, free baggage, free in flight entertainment). When pricing, they also came out to be the cheapest, which was what sealed the deal ;)
     
  5. Dis_Yoda

    Dis_Yoda DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2008
    Messages:
    2,916
    Joining in! Can't wait to see how your plans unfold.
     
  6. lvcourtneyy

    lvcourtneyy DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2012
    Messages:
    1,282
    Just wanted to let you know I'm here! I'll come back to say more when I'm not on my phone but I'm excited to read about your plans!
     
  7. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    Thank you! So happy to have you following along! :)

    Yayyy, thanks so much for coming over!! :goodvibes
     
  8. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    So a majority of this trip has already been booked/purchased!

    Flights are purchased.

    Room is booked. I did room only and am still crossing my fingers for a possible discount. There were rumors that one was going to be released on Monday, which did not happen. But I am still hopeful that it will happen soon (The new rumor is tomorrow)! We will not be doing a dining plan. We actually aren't even doing ADR's..I know, GASP! :faint: We honestly just plan on utilizing park time by seeing/doing as much as we can. Factoring table service meals just isn't in the cards for this trip, which I am ok with. DBF & I didn't do any table service last trip, and it worked out fine for us. The only dinner TS I would've liked to do was BOG, which obviously seems impossible to get! I may try and call and see if something opens up, but if not we definitely plan on doing lunch there one day. I really only wanted to do dinner to meet the Beast :p

    Park Tickets have been purchased through Undercover Tourist. I used them last time and was pleased with their service and discounts! They have already arrived in the mail, waiting to be put to use :)

    The only thing left to do is purchase MNSSHP tickets (which I think I will be doing within the next week or two) and Photopass+ (which I will probably do at the end of August). This will be my first time using Photopass and I am very excited about it! Mom is a picture nut, and I know she will be taking TONS of photos herself. However, I think this will help her enjoy the experiences more than just from behind the lens. We can rely on the photographers to take group pics, and since we also plan on doing a lot of character greetings I know this will come in handy. When deciding if we should do Photopass or Photopass+, it was a no brainer to me to do the plus. For just a few extra dollars you get all your ride photos, which is awesome to me!

    Just a small update. Park days/plans will be coming soon :cool1:
     
  9. wiigirl

    wiigirl DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2012
    Messages:
    15,980
    Following along. :)
     
  10. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    Thank you! Glad to have you here! :)
     
  11. lvcourtneyy

    lvcourtneyy DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2012
    Messages:
    1,282
    It's so exciting that you'll get to go to Disney with your parents as an adult.

    Yay Pop Century! :cool1:

    We love Jetblue! It's my favorite airline to fly now and they're always the cheapest for us as well which is awesome!

    I hope a discount is released for you soon! I totally get not wanting to do ADRs. We only did like 2 in January and the only reason we're doing the dining plan this time is because the free dining offer is a good deal for us so we want to try it out.

    We loved having PP+ in January and I'm planning on getting it for September (which reminds me-- I need to do that!) Having all the ride photos was pretty cool. Plus, I feel like having the red card makes the regular photographers take more pictures.
     
  12. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    I'm glad to hear positive feedback about JetBlue, I'm pretty excited to try them out!

    I totally understand taking advantage of the free dining, I probably would've considered it too if it was being offered during my dates!

    And yay that's good to hear about PP+ :thumbsup2
     
  13. bellaally

    bellaally DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2012
    Messages:
    625
    Hey I will also be going during October. Our trips overlap I will be going down the 3rd until the 8th. I am really excited about MNSSHP and food and wine festival. The Disney food blog just released information and it looks like there is going to be plenty of yummy foods to try. Reading to see what you've got planned maybe some ideas.
     
  14. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    Thanks for coming by! I can't wait to look over the F&W menu more carefully; I agree there are lots of yummy foods, it's going to be tough to narrow it down and choose which ones to try! What day are you going to MNSSHP? I see you are also doing the TOT run, how exciting! Please be sure to share some of your plans with me as well! ::yes::
     
  15. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    Side Note: I got the room only discount applied to my reservation! 15% off, which saved us about $135! I haven't received a confirmation email yet, which makes me a little nervous, but other people have complained about the same so I'm hoping it's just because so many people were calling yesterday.

    DAY 1 PLANS - OCTOBER 5TH

    Our flight leaves at 11:30am and is scheduled to land a little after 2pm. Normally we would take an earlier flight, but the only other flight was at 6am. I'm very excited to get to Disney ASAP but I think that was just a tad too early. I really don't want to tire ourselves out the first day, especially when we have a BUSY trip ahead! Hopefully we won't encounter any flight delays and will have no problem hopping on the magical express! I didn't do online check-in last time, and I haven't decided if I will this time or not.

    After arriving at Pop Century and checking in, we will take a peak at our room and then head to Downtown Disney! I don't want to have the pressure of rushing to a park. I think DtD is a good option because it still has that Disney feel and there is so much to check out!

    [​IMG]

    We will definitely be going to World of Disney for some souvenier shopping! I also will need to make a stop at the pin store to load up on mystery pin sets, they are my addiction!! I love them because if you get something you like, you can keep it, but if you get something you're not crazy about it can go to your trade pile. At some point we also have to stop at Team Mickey to pick up our Photopass+ card.

    As far as food, I'm still not sure where we will eat. Dad threw out the idea of going to Bongos, but mom wasn't sold on the idea. I suggested maybe Raglan Road, but I'm not sure. I'd be fine with doing something quick like Earl of Sandwich or Wolfgang Puck, but I also know we are going to be eating alot of quick service the rest of the trip, so it might be wise to use this time to do a sit down restaurant. Any recommendations??
     
  16. lvcourtneyy

    lvcourtneyy DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2012
    Messages:
    1,282
    Yay for the discount! :cool1:

    Good call not leaving at 6 am! We did it in January and I'm pretty sure we were running on pure adrenaline by the end of the day!

    DTD is our favorite first day plan now! You still get plenty to do and see without worrying about rushing to a park! I think I'm definitely going to be looking into those mystery pin sets. I've bought some pins to start trading for the first time this September and I have a feeling it's gonna become an addiction.

    Hmm I've heard nothing but great things about Raglan Road if you do decide to go that way.
     
  17. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    Mystery Pin sets are awesome and if you're anything like me, you will definitely become addicted! They have so many different themed sets, it's always so hard to narrow it down and choose which ones I like the best! haha

    And thank you for the tip on Raglan Road :upsidedow
     
  18. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    DAY 2 PLANS - OCTOBER 6TH

    Our first day in the parks! And a PACKED day it will be! We will be starting the day bright and early to hit rope drop at Magic Kingdom! I have never seen the opening show, so I am very excited to finally do that.

    [​IMG]

    My plan for today is to start of in Tomorrowland and ride Space Mountain and Buzz. With Peter Pan being closed (So sad about this :sad:) and us choosing to not do Enchanted Tales with Belle, I feel like we don't have to go rushing straight to Fantasyland at RD. After riding Space & Buzz, we will head to Fantasyland to ride Under the Sea and meet Ariel in her Grotto.

    Here's a nice little side by side comparison of me meeting Ariel when I was little & all grown up :)

    [​IMG]

    I also want to meet the Fairy Godmother and hopefully Peter Pan & Wendy too! After that we will probably hit up the Winnie the Pooh ride and It's A Small World. I think by this time it will almost be lunchtime. I was thinking we'd either go to Cosmic Rays or Pinocchio Village Haus. After lunch I'd like to catch Dream Along With Mickey (another first!) and then head over to Storybook Circus to ride Dumbo and meet the characters at Pete's Silly Sideshow. After that, we'll head to the other side of the park. Depending on time, I'd like to get through Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Haunted Mansion and Country Bear Jamboree (yet another first!). I'm sure you're thinking, "Why won't you have time to do those?". Well we will also be attending our first of 2 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Parties!! So around 4:30 I'd like to pick up our wristbands and grab some dinner (I'm thinking Columbia Harbor House or Pecos Bills) before heading to the 7 Dwarves line around 5:30 to line up! This is our #1 priority for attending the parties and probably the one thing mom is most excited about! I want to spend as little party time as possible waiting, so I am totally ok waiting 1.5 hours before the party! I told Mom & Dad that I'd be willing to stand in line if they wanted to go explore a little on their own too!

    [​IMG]

    I can't wait for September to hear reviews about the party and what changes/new things are going to be available! Based on last year's party, I'd like to try and do the following on this night:
    -Meet the 7 Dwarves
    -Meet the Winnie the Pooh Gang in costume
    -Meet Donald/Daisy in costume
    -Meet Aurora/Philip
    -Meet Alice/Mad Hatter
    -Watch the Villains Mix & Mingles (Maleficent is a MUST to meet! I plan on attending several of the shows between the 2 parties, so I'm hoping I can meet as many villains as possible)
    -Watch the parade/fireworks
    -Collect candy!

    Rides will not be important to us on this night, so the goal is really the Dwarves, Parade, Fireworks, and as many of the characters I named as possible. Whatever characters we don't meet on this night we can hopefully squeeze in on our 2nd night. We will be attempting to stay right until the end of the party. I know it's risky doing a full day in the parks/full night at the party, but I think we can do it!

    Any MNSSHP tips I should keep in mind??


    List of Firsts for the day:
    -Watch the Welcome Show
    -Meet Fairy Godmother and Peter & Wendy
    -Watch Dream Along with Mickey
    -Country Bear Jamboree
    -MNSSHP and all the exclusives that come along with it!
     
  19. lvcourtneyy

    lvcourtneyy DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2012
    Messages:
    1,282
    Yay the welcome show is so magical! You'll love it!

    Aw the comparison shots of you with Ariel are so adorable! :)

    Sounds like a good schedule for MNSSHP! I've never been either yet so I don't have tips but it seems like you should be able to do all of that! :goodvibes
     
  20. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    I can't wait to see it! And thank you!! :)
     
  21. missangelalexis

    missangelalexis DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2012
    Messages:
    1,546
    Side Note: My MNSSHP tickets have arrived! Almost 50 days away and I am getting VERY excited!

    [​IMG]

    DAY 3 PLANS - OCTOBER 7TH

    Hopefully we won't be TOO tired from last night's party because we today we are going to Epcot! I am hoping we will be able to hit rope drop. The plan is to head straight to Soarin' and ride standy by.

    [​IMG]

    I really love this ride and am especially excited for mom and dad to try this one. After that the plan is to ride Test Track, Mission:Space, Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo, and Living with the Land, with stops at Club Cool and Mousegears I'm sure! We also will be taking advantage of the Visa M&G at Innoventions. Depending on what time it is we will either head there now or wait until later in the evening. From there it will be time to head to World Showcase for the Food & Wine Festival!

    [​IMG]

    We don't have any plans for lunch or dinner on this day, so I think we will just snack our way through WS. The F&W menus are out so I've been looking them over and deciding which foods I definitely want to try. I'd also like to try and meet some characters. The priorities are Snow White & Mary Poppins. If we don't get to meet them then hopefully we can catch their sets on our next MK day! I'd also like to meet Donald in Mexico and Duffy. Any other characters we will just decide as we go. We will take our time walking through WS and head back to Future World if necessary. We'd like to catch Illuminations, so hopefully we will have the energy to stay for that!

    List of Firsts for the day:
    -Food & Wine Festival!
    -Character Meets: Snow White, Mary Poppins, Duffy, Mexico Donald
    -Illuminations (I believe I saw this as a kid but the infamous story is that I fell asleep and my dad had to carry me all the way back to the car..oops! That is one moment we will not be recreating on this trip :rotfl:)

    For those also attending F&W, what foods are you excited to try??
     

Share This Page