*Bedtime Wishes* 11-25 August 2011 Trip report-The plans

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  1. darthtatty

    darthtatty Been There, Done That, Going Back!

    Apr 14, 2008
    The plans
    Me-Nicky 37. The holiday doesnt begin until I see the castle, love water rides, dislikes simulation rides. Fav park=MK
    Matt-39 Star wars fan-loves star tours, hates water rides. fave park is DHS
    Luke-11 Star wars fan-loves star tours, loves everything fast and fun. fave park is DHS

    I never got round to writing a pre-trip report so will just add a few bits in about planning.

    This is our 3rd trip, we had planned to go every five years. we went in May 2004 and again in May 2009. we were meant to be going to OZ to see my brother and his GF but after returning my husband decided we needed to go back again sooner. Our son was due to leave primary school and after 7 long years-years full of problems. we needed something to help us get through his time there and to celebrate it finally being over! This is why we chose an August trip to WDW. we are also very unlucky in life and something bad is usually happening to us. Everytime we get one problem sorted another one just as bad pops up.
    So for us this is our life line and helps us get through the days.
    Now as its an August trip I was worried about lots of things-the heat,crowds, transport,flights, our room etc we were most looking forward to visitng WWOHP and the revamped star tours.
    we had originally planned to go on the 4th August 2011 but after looking on the Dis-many said the last two weeks of August was best. So we changed the date to 11th August 2011. Thankfully we did as the 4th August flight was cancelled due to aircraft problems-it did leave a day later but im glad I didnt miss 1 day of my holiday.
    we have stayed at Disneys Contemporary resort on our past two trips and decided to again this time. I know is not the best themed resort-it does need updating. however for us its more about the location due to our requirements. our son is in a wheelchair and although the buses arent too bad - they're a pain with all the lifts/ramps/harnesses/drivers etc. So for us its better to be somewhere we can walk to MK or hop on the monorail. Before we ever went to Disneyworld we had planned on staying at each resort-however I dont think that will ever become a reality.
    we usually do something extra each trip-this time it was the Blue man group and a nights stay at a Universal hotel-we chose HRH. so we booked this and brought the universal tickets directly from Universals website as they offered the best prices.
    we plan to visit seaworld-I had intended to skip it this time but Luke wanted to go so we added it in. we planned to buy the tickets on the gate as we'd get 50% off for Luke and one of us as a carer.
    we booked with Virgin-the price was as expected. it had gone up a lot on last year (we check each year to make sure we're up to date with the prices) we also got free dining included.
    we booked the V-room seeing as it was due to open before we went.
    we'd also looked into booking directly with DIsney and CO but their prices were more than Virgins. everything seemed fine...........
    This was until Virgin went to confirm our wheelchair accessible room with a roll in shower.
    we'd had one on our last trip, however this time we were expected to pay nearly £750 more for it this time. Now this wasnt something that was a luxury to us but more of a need to make our life easier. It turned out Disney had repriced their rooms and now in the garden wing there were two room prices-those with the car park view and those with the garden view. unfortunatly for us the roll in showers were in the garden view rooms which were more expensive.
    virgin hadnt found out about the room repricing until they went to confirm our room. yet they still expected us to pay for the increase! we were not prepared to pay the extra-The holiday cost had already increased for the year and we felt we were now getting a lower value holiday than previous. we also argued that as they hadnt know perhaps they should waiver the fee for us and the fact that there should be roll in showers in all price brackets. we were able to have a wheelchair accessible room but not a roll in shower. They refused to budge so we were left with a car park view room and a bathroom with a bath and a hand-held shower. Not ideal but the only option we were given was to cancel and pay more with someone else or give virgin more money. Like I said though I felt that the holiday was now of a less value than previous years so we just kept it as it was.
    The view doesnt really both me......usually,as we're hardly in the room. (see how the view comment may change in a few days time)
    Day 0- Travel to Manchester, eat at Little chef on the way, Stay at Crowne plaza
    Day 1- V-room, flight, check in, kona cafe, MK?
    Day 2- chef mickeys, Mk
    Day 3- downtown, T-Rex
    Day 4-Universal, Bubba gumps HRH
    Day 5-IOA
    Day 6-DHS, Mama melrose fantasmic package
    Day 7-Ohanas, Epcot-Via Napoli,Coral Reef
    Day 8-Animal kingdom, Tusker house. WCC dinner
    Day 9-MK-Crystal palace breakfast
    Day 10-DHS-sci fi
    Day 11-kona cafe breakfast, Epcot-Biergarten
    Day 12- Seaworld, Chef Mickeys
    Day 13- Blizzard beach, Downtown, Ohana
    Day 14-MK CRT dinner.
    Day 15- Chef Mickeys, travel home

    So those were our plans.
    we usually just plan full days at the parks and then go with the flow when we are there.
    I felt like we had made loads of adrs and wasnt sure how we'd manage but I knew we could cancel if we wanted. :)
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  3. darthtatty

    darthtatty Been There, Done That, Going Back!

    Apr 14, 2008
    Day 0- Wednesday 10th August 2011
    Matt had to work today but was due to finish around 2.30pm. It was weird having Luke at home as he is usually at school. I still did the usual of cleaning and doing all the washing, however I didnt manage to do it all this time and ended up leaving loads of damp clothes on airers-oops.
    Matt came home and it didnt taken us long to pack the car up. This trip seemed so easy to prepare for and everything seemed to be going well. not sure if its because we only went a couple of years ago or if something unlucky was going to happen!
    we finally got going around 4.30, I delayed us a bit as I was trying to finish the drying and didnt want to leave too early. After about an hours drive we stopped at a little chef and had Dinner-we all had burgers



    We decided not to buy deserts and would get something at a service station

    we arrived at the hotel and checked in quickly. we were given the room we'd had previously with the massive bathroom and watched a bit of tv before going to bed.

  4. tony64

    tony64 <font color=blue>Should've been a Cowboy<br><font

    Jun 21, 2003
    Nice start Nicky and Krispy Kremes to top it off. :goodvibes
  5. darthtatty

    darthtatty Been There, Done That, Going Back!

    Apr 14, 2008
    Thanks Tony, yeah the desserts at Little chef were a fortune so thought it would be cheaper and nicer to share some KK's.
    Just spotted your sig, knew you were all going on holiday but hadnt spotted your sig before. :)
  6. PJB71

    PJB71 DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2009
    Great start Nicky:thumbsup2

    Really looking forward to reading more:cool1:
  7. irisheyes123

    irisheyes123 DIS Veteran

    Sep 26, 2007
    Great start looking forward to reading the rest :)
  8. strawberry blonde

    strawberry blonde DIS Veteran

    Jun 9, 2009
    Looking forward to reading more :goodvibes
  9. Latte Lover

    Latte Lover <font color=green> in charge of the credit cards a

    Sep 2, 2003
    Ooh Krispy Kremes. Our favourite! Great way to start the holiday. :goodvibes
  10. Ware Bears

    Ware Bears Bring me that horizon Moderator

    Jan 23, 2003
    Great start, Nicky. :goodvibes
  11. jockey

    jockey <font color=deeppink>Repeat after me....I LOVE CRO

    Apr 25, 2004
    Great start!
  12. darthtatty

    darthtatty Been There, Done That, Going Back!

    Apr 14, 2008
    thanks everyone :)
  13. Tinks1984

    Tinks1984 <font color=red>We're having a mini party!<br><fon

    Mar 17, 2007
    Great start...I'm sorry it's taken me so long to start reading! :)
  14. Chilly

    Chilly RIP Tag Fairy

    Apr 25, 2006
    That is a right cheek, on both Disney & Virgin, in upping the price.

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