Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by DisneyFirefly, Jul 2, 2010.
Okay I just thought I'd extend the invitation Just let me know if you want to come
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So free dining got extended through December!
I was about to go to bed and then I decided to check my email and saw in a notification for Nermel9's PTR that they extended it, so I decided to get online and check the details and, if I could, book it. There's a stipulation for six days of park tickets, but that's only a $10 difference from the four days I already have, and then from what I understand, upgrading from the QSDP to the DDP is about $10 a day, so I'd be saving about $100, even with that additional $60 or so. Not much, but it helps I also may be able to use this to poke my parents into coming, since the free dining would save us almost $550 for the three of us. To my dad, $1500 will sound better than a little over $2000.
The additional park tickets will require me to change one of my ADR's, but it's just Planet Hollywood, and I was going to pay it out of pocket anyway. I can just grab lunch at Casey's or something, since I'll probably wind up at the MK for the morning and then go back to Pop to catch DME to go to the airport. Does anyone know if tips are expected on DME? I've never used it, and a search in the transportation boards didn't pull anything up.
I'm on the phone with them right now, waiting on hold.
I just got off the phone with reservations, and I got my free dining plan!
I paid to upgrade from the QSDP to the DDP, but it's worth it to me. When I first booked my package, it was $1043.98, but now with the free dining (and upgrade to DDP), it's $884.03. So, with the $200 deposit, I just owe Disney $684.03 It may not sound like much to anyone else, but that makes my paychecks go a little further over the next couple months
I also put in a request for the 70s building at Pop, and was told that I don't need to have 6 days of park tickets. Apparently, I just read the post on the Dis blog wrong. The wonderful lady I spoke to said that my four days of tickets were just fine So I'm keeping my Planet Hollywood reservation. The main reason I have that one is because of the meal voucher that you get with the Magic Your Way package. Since I'm the only one in my room, I won't be using the mini-golf voucher, so I may as well use that one I'm just planning on getting something cheap so that I won't have to pay too much over the voucher value. Like a cheeseburger and milkshake or something.
I also called my mom and told her about the free dining plan. They're due home in about seven hours or so. As I said above, I did the math, and with the free dining plan, if they came down, we'd save enough to almost cover our airfare. So she's going to talk to my dad about it on the drive up. However, I need to get the heck to bed, because I've been up since 5pm yesterday and it's 10:30am now.
I just had to squee about the free dining
Yay I'm glad you got free dining too, I'm SO excited!!!! I was on hold for 20 minutes, and I asked the CM if they were getting lots of calls for FD and she said it's been crazy all morning! I guess a lot of people are happy FD is extended! I had to downgrade from WL to POR but I don't care, I know I will love POR and I saved almost $900 doing so, so I'm thrilled!
Yay free dining!!!
Yeah, I was on hold for about 20 minutes, too. I was so tired this morning that I just wanted to hang up and go to bed I'm glad I didn't, though, because I didn't want to risk not being able to get the discount. My best friend and I were planning on POR for our trip, but now that we're going next year, that may change, especially since I'm trying to talk my family into coming down. I'm hoping that next year I can get my parents, brother and his girlfriend, and sister and her boyfriend and my niece to all come down, because I think that would be fantastic
Anyway! Yay free dining!
We've got a lot of the same plans!
I'll be at MNSSHP on the 24th and 26th, and Epcot on the 27th!
I always love meeting new DIS'ers! I have met a couple IRL now!
That's cool that we have some of the same plans What are you wearing to the parties? I'll be wearing a pirate costume at one of them, and probably a witch at another and I'm not sure what else at the third. We'll have to see if we can meet up somewhere at one of the parties or at Epcot
I'll go check out your PTR
I'm bored and waiting for my parents to get home. The alternator in their car went out while they were driving home, which made them have to stop and get it fixed. They're in the city, they're just stopping to get some dinner and then they'll be home.
So I'm posting the rides I'm going to try and hit up on my days I've got 3 1/2 days at MK, so I'm sure I'm going to get to all of my rides there multiple times.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Big Thunder Mountain
Hall of Presidents
I'm only spending half a day at DHS, but these are the only rides I really want to go on anyway, so I'm positive I'll be able to get it done
The Great Movie Ride
Studio Backlot Tour
Toy Story Midway Mania!
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Explore the World Showcase
I'm easily pleased
I really must finish my TR and then work on my PTR!
Love your must do rides. And did you extend your days? It looks like you've got 2 extra day....
Yes, you must
I think the original plan was to stay until the 27th, and then I decided to stay another two days, so yeah, I did I figured I had the vacation time and the money, so why not, right?
We're going to be pirates on the first night, and the second is something I'm keeping secret until I can post pictures! (I'm such a Halloween nerd.)
So am I, I just like to window shop Plus, I don't have anyone off the Dis that I can talk to at length about the trip, you know?
I got in to work last night (still there, one more hour ), and found an envelope at the desk for me. My vacation request got approved!
I also swapped two of my ADR's. Again.
So now I've got a lunch ADR at Tony's on 10/25 at 12:25, and a late breakfast ADR at 1900 Park Fare on 10/28 at 10:55am. I did the lunch one earlier, and the other one just now... I think because I'm hungry. I dunno. But yeah, a couple minor changes
Okay, so! Some big changes
I decided to see how much it would cost to come in a day early, arriving on October 23. The airfare is the same, and adding a day would bring me back up to my original price, which is fine I'm going to call reservations later today (aka, after I've gotten some sleep) to add on the extra day. I've also redone some of my ADR's because I found a food photo thread and was drooling over it last night.
So here's my updated (and hopefully final) itinerary:
Saturday, October 23
Flight in the afternoon
DME to Pop
Dinner at Pop food court
Sunday, October 24
Lunch at Pop food court
Dinner at Crystal Palace at 6
Monday, October 25
Lunch at Tony's at 12:25
Dinner at The Plaza at 5:35, although I may change to a later ADR if there's one available
Tuesday, October 26
DHS in the morning
Lunch at Backlot Express
MK in the evening
Dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern at 5:20
Wednesday, October 27
Lunch at Yorkshire County Fish Shop
Dinner at Tokyo Dining at 6:10
Thursday, October 28
Breakfast at Crystal Palace at 9:35am
Dinner at Columbia Harbor House
Friday, October 29
Breakfast at Pop food court
Lunch at Planet Hollywood at 12 (OOP)
So, hopefully, this will be my final itinerary. The only other change I can see myself making is if an ADR at Le Cellier opens up on my Epcot day
Cool! So we're doing Sunday night and Tuesday night together. I haven't worked out what I'll be doing on Monday and Tuesday during the day. I might come and hang out with you at MK on Monday and spend the day at Epcot on Tuesday....wonder if Ruthie is free?
Are your parents coming?
My mom's still thinking about it, but I'm pretty sure that they're not coming, which is all right. My dad's definitely not going to come. If you join me at MK on Monday, you're welcome to come to one or the other (or both) of my ADR's They're each for one, but I don't think they literally have tables for one So I'm sure there'd be a seat for you
Surely that's for a different thread????
Hey, it's my PTR, I can do what I want
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