CHRISTMAS VACATION (The Trip, Not the Movie): 12/19 - We're back, TR link on p. 25

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  1. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    Well this isn't a trip update, but we just found out so I thought I would share.

    I'm not sure if I've introduced any of my pets in this PTR, but we have six cats and two dogs---a Golden Retriever named Mickey and a Chocolate Lab named Rocky. Both dogs are about 2 years old.

    Mickey was diagnosed when he was a little puppy with hip problems. It's pretty much inevitable that at some point down the road, he will need two hip replacements or one of those carts dogs sometimes use for their back legs.

    Here's Mickey.

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    Rocky has always been our healthier dog. Besides a few little sprains, etc. we have never had any problems. Within the past few months, we had noticed that Rocky started favoring one of his back legs. We took him to the vet where they gave us pain killers and told us to keep him quiet around the house and give it a few weeks.

    Well, almost a month later things seemed to get just as bad if not worse, so we took him back to get him x-rayed. They had to put him under anesthesia and x-ray his back legs. We were hoping for a broken leg or something that could be easily fixed and reasonably inexpensive, rather than a $5,000 surgery for a torn ACL or something.

    The results are in. Our poor 2 year old Rocky already has arthritis in his back leg. It is going to be a source of pretty much constant pain and at this point, all we can do it start him on supplements (which Mickey has been on for years now, so it's nothing new), give him his pain pills and try to get him to lose a few pounds. One day, he will inevitably have to get surgery on his tendons to alleviate some of the symptoms, but for now it sucks to know that your family member is in pain and there isn't too much you can do to help it. Mickey walks a little funny, but he has never indicated he is in any pain---so this is all new to us.

    Here's our Rocky.

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    Anywho, so that's my not so happy and very un-Disney update for now. Not too much going on in the way of planning for our trip, just sitting tight and waiting for December hours to come out so we can start talking about important stuff---like dining reservations!!! Mmmmmmm.
     
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  3. MissMet

    MissMet DVC Member, former NY Mets Season Tkt Holder & Blo

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    So sorry to hear about Mickey & Rocky! :sad2:

    I know how hard it is to watch your dogs in pain. I also have a Rocky, although my Rocky is a 4 lb Yorkie. :laughing: She has been pretty healthy in her 7 years, but my parents' dog was a very sick dog most of her life. She had seizures, arthritis & loss her sight & hearing. It was very hard to watch her decline. :sad1:

    Luckily, for your Rocky they've come a long way for arthritis & hopefully it will get better with the supplements, rest & weight loss. :wizard:

    I love the pictures!
     
  4. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    That's too funny that you have a Rocky too---and it couldn't be a more different type of dog. A 4 pound Yorkie versus a 110 pound Lab. :rotfl2:

    The vet did say that the pain should decrease with the use of supplements, but that it won't ever actually go away---the supplements just help mask the pain, etc.

    It could definitely be much much worse, we are so thankful that it's not something more serious, just wish it could have been nothing at all---but I'm sure any pet owner wishes that.

    Any new developments with your trip? You're getting so close! :banana:
     
  5. MissMet

    MissMet DVC Member, former NY Mets Season Tkt Holder & Blo

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    I know! :laughing:

    Actually, quite a few new updates, that I am planning on working on in a little bit. It's so close! 49 days! :banana:

    Yours is that far away either! :)
     
  6. scoot241

    scoot241 Geaux Tigers!

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    How did I miss this PTR? I don't know, but I'm all caught up now.

    Sorry to hear about your dogs. We had to deal with our cat earlier this year who had feline leukemia probably since birth, but he had just started showing symptoms despite being 6 years old. Long story short, we had to put him down.

    Enough with the sad stories... I hope your trip isn't like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation with trees combusting and all the other hijinks that ensue in the movie. Did you know that National Lampoon's Vacation (the one that started all the other movies) was based on a short story written by the recently deceased John Hughes about a fictional trip across the country to Disneyland? I found it online the other day, and it's pretty good. Why do I continue to write about death/dead people? :upsidedow

    Hoping to read more soon. :santa:
     
  7. Villainess

    Villainess Fantasy and reality often overlap - Walt Disney

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    Poor Rocky and Mickey!!!! I hope the meds will help alleviate the pain for him.
     
  8. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    I don't know how you missed it---it's only the most awesome PTR in Disboards history. :rolleyes1 You probably missed it because I hardly ever update the thing, but with the trip still 4 months away, there isn't too much to talk about unfortunately. :santa:

    We've actually noticed an improvement over just the past few days. Rocky has started his supplements and he seems to be back to his usual pain in the a$$ self. While he was in pain, he mostly just laid around and slept. Now, he has been back at it---eating flip flops, tearing cushions off of the couch---you know, all of the good things a dog is supposed to do. :rolleyes: :rotfl2:
     
  9. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    This post is all about one of the most important aspects of our trip, second only to actually being in WDW at Christmas time, and that is..............

    ..................(drum roll please).....................


    THE FOOD!!!


    I figure with only a month to go until it's time to make my ADRs, it's probably something I should start really sorting out. So for now, I will do a day by day breakdown of where we are hoping to eat (not all in one post, of course, I will streth this topic out at long as possible). :thumbsup2

    Red will indicate at least one or more of our group has eaten here before, green will indicate that it's a new place for everyone to enjoy!!


    Day 1: Arrival, Epcot (probably Future World), Downtown Disney

    *Since we are doing a split-stay, we will not be on the Deluxe Dining Plan this day, everything will be out of pocket.

    Breakfast: Airport food or Wawa. Our flight is at 7:00am, so we will be leaving the house at 4:00am for Philadelphia International Airport. Nothing too exciting here.

    Lunch: Sunshine Seasons (if we are in Future World) or Lotus Blossom Cafe (if we are in the World Showcase). Sunshine Seasons would be new to us. Between the food porn threads on the Restaurant Board and the menus on Allearsnet, I'm really looking forward to the Turkey & Muenster sandwich, with a Strawberry Shortcake thrown in fod good measure. We have been to Lotus Blossom Cafe before and really liked it there also. The orange chicken was good and so was the red bean icecream, definitely worth a second visit.

    Dinner: Earl of Sandwich or Giordanos delivery. We'll be eating dinner after seeing La Nouba. I anticipate everyone being tired after being up at 3:30am with no rest except on the airplane, so we will either grab sandwiches "to go" from EOS or call up Giordano's for pizza delivery to the Boardwalk Villas and eat in our room. Haven't done either of these yet---any opinions on which would be tastier?? Right now, I have been eyeballing the Caribbean Jerk Sandwich at EOS and have seen pictures. All I have to say is mmmmmmmmmm, looks so good! We'll be trying EOS during our trip in October probably and if we like it, I'm sure we'll be back in December.

    Snacks: Goofy's Candy Company & Ghirardelli. Since this will be our only stop at Downtown Disney, we will definitely be hitting up Goofy's Candy Co. I've never been there before and everything looks SO FREAKIN GOOD! I'd also like to grab an icecream at Ghirardelli, but dessert before dinner would be a no-no. :headache:


    Next up Day 2 @ DHS (hopefully).
     
  10. scoot241

    scoot241 Geaux Tigers!

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    Earl of Sandwich is awesome! :thumbsup2 Just thinking about it makes me want to go there. I usually get the Cannonballs (meatball sandwich) but lately I've been wanting the All-American (I think it's called) which is an after-Thanksgiving sandwich with turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce.

    Hmm... maybe I can convince everyone to go to EOS this weekend (the only other EOS location is about 15 miles from my house in Sugar Land, TX).
     
  11. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    Day 2: Disney's Hollywood Studios

    *This will be the first day we are staying on DVC points and with the Deluxe Dining Plan for the rest of the trip. So excited! :hyper: :hyper:

    Breakfast: Boardwalk Bakery. Since I plan on having a pretty early lunch reservation, I'm thinking we'll just grab a muffin and a drink or something small to tide us over until later in the morning. We'll use a snack credit.

    Lunch: Hollywood Brown Derby. Originally, lunch was going to be planned for Sci-Fi, but with the abundance of credits the DxDDP offers, I figured there would be no harm is using two. I have been seriously craving the Cobb Salad and after showing DH pictures of their cheesecake dessert, I know he is sold. I'm not expecting it to be like most other Signature locations, just some place cool (or warm depending on the December weather) to sit down and have a decent meal.

    Dinner: Narcoossee's. It's a little out of the way for our planned DHS day, but my DM seemed really excited at the idea of eating at the Grand Floridian, so I can't get rid of it. There are some things on the menu that look good, and since we'll be eventually visiting all of the Deluxe resorts anyway to see the Christmas decorations I figured it would be a nice way to break up the evening.

    Snacks: Sci-Fi Dine In Theater. DM and I have both been to Sci-Fi, but DH hasn't during our trip in 2007 the rest of our group wanted to skip it and for me, it's a must. The plan is to have a 5:30 reservation at Narcoossee's if possible, so we will just swing into Sci-Fi with the latest ADR we can get for some milkshakes and onion rings out of pocket.

    Next up Day 3 @ MK (hopefully).
     
  12. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    In case anyone wasn't aware of the news yet, Disney announced that at the end of October they will be going back to the 180-day booking window for ADRs.

    This is how I look at it. I don't care if ADRs are at 180 days or 90 days, I just want the park hours to be out in time to properly arrange my reservations.

    HOWEVER, couldn't they have announced the 180 day booking window to start at like the end of August? At least then I would have two weeks less of boredom while I wait to make my ressies for December!! :mad: ;)

    It seems like people have been getting their ADRs regardless of when the booking window opens---so who cares?

    It's six of one and a half dozen of the other if you ask me. Either you make your resort ressies 9 months in advance and sit around for 6 months twiddling your thumbs waiting for your dining window to open OR you make your resort ressies 9 months in advance, make your dining ressies 6 months in advance and then spend the last 6 months twiddling your thumbs waiting for your trip to come.

    You say po-tay-toe, I say po-tah-toe. :upsidedow
     
  13. scoot241

    scoot241 Geaux Tigers!

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    Either way, you're twiddling your thumbs for 6 months...

    Supposedly the park hours are also going to be announced 180 days in advance. They haven't been able to get the hours out on time when they're 90 days in advance though. I was getting nervous because they almost weren't out for September by the 5th of June. Fortunately someone posted hours from a TA site, but I was very close to making guesses on the phone when I called.

    I guess I slightly prefer 180 days because the hours should be out there in advance, but in reality the only thing it does is lightens the call volume because not everyone knows they're making a trip 180 days in advance. This is good for us uber-planners, but not everyone else.
     
  14. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    Day 3: Magic Kingdom

    *Hopefully we'll be attending the Magic Kingdom on an evening EMH day, which will allow us to stay in the park until 11:00pm. This should give us ample time to see all of the attractions we are interested in and still have time to watch SpectroMagic and Wishes if they are playing.

    Breakfast: Crystal Palace. DM and I have both been to Crystal Palace on family vacations when I was younger, but DH has yet to experience a Mickey head waffle, mmmmmm. I don't remember it at all, but the food looks good and while none of us are really "into" characters, I wouldn't mind getting a picture with one or two of them during our meal. Most importantly it'll give us the chance to get into the park pre-opening for an 8:05ish ADR. I'm going to try my hardest to make sure I get at least some pictures of an empty Main Street, since this will be our only chance to do it the whole trip.

    Lunch: Kona Cafe. The plan is to get an ADR for the last lunch seating since we will probably be pretty stuffed from breakfast. I believe the last seating at Kona is at 2:45pm, which is 7 hours from our anticipated ADR at Crystal Palace, so hopefully we'll have worked up an appetite by then. The Polynesian has always looked so cool to me, but the smell was always a put-off. Just something about it I didn't like. This will be everyone's first visit to this hotel and I'm looking forward to soem fish tacos and a lapu lapu!

    Dinner: I think we'll end up skipping dinner this night. We won't be done eating at Kona until probably 4:00pm, so the rest of the night we will probably survive on snacks, or maybe split a meal from Cosmic Ray's if anyone is looking for something more substantial.

    Snacks: Aloha Isle. I am looking forward to my first Dole Whip ever this trip (if I don't end up getting one in October). I have a feeling that for me, it won't live up to the hype---but I still want to try one. DH doesn't do pineapple, so for him I think we'll stick with a hand-made icecream cookie sandwich. :thumbsup2

    Next up Day 4 @ Epcot (hopefully).
     
  15. lurkyloo

    lurkyloo The Attic was just perfect!

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    Helllllloooooo! I am coming over here (this is your December PTR, right? ... right!) to badger you about going to the DIS' party at DHS on Dec. 12 so we can meet up!

    So...

    :banana:GO TO THE PARTY!!!!:banana:


    Also - your planning is making me feel guilty - I can barely remember the dates of our trip, let alone know what we're going to be doing each day... :rotfl:
     
  16. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    Unfortunately, not all of us lowly WDW fans get to go so often as one Ms. Lurkyloo does---even if we do live 2,000 miles closer, so planning is necessary!! :thumbsup2

    Really, I don't have much of a plan. I like to write it all out because well---it's fun and keeps me occupied, but when we get there, I think the only things that will keep us on any sort of schedule will be all of these freakin ADRs. Plus, there will be no park hopping (at least not any planned) so that should make things easier......

    ..................................................................

    .......I think.

    As for the party, do you have any link to get info for it? I'm definitely interested (it would keep us from having to haul our butts over to DHS at the crack of dawn to ride Toy Story Mania for the first time)---but just don't know if I can fit it into my very strict plan. ;)
     
  17. lurkyloo

    lurkyloo The Attic was just perfect!

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    Hey now! I didn't mean to sound all snooty like " [yawn] I can't be bothered to keep track of my trip dates because I just go so MUCH! :snooty:" Besides, after this trip, it's *curtains* for me and Disney trips...:sad1:

    Oh, and like you, I say the less crack-of-dawn DHS butt-hauling, the better... :thumbsup2

    Anyway - they haven't posted ticket info yet - I guess the Dreams Unlimited customers get first dibs, and then they make tix available to the rest of us. But I'll keep you posted, Planny Annie! :rotfl:
     
  18. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    After every trip it seems to be "curtains" for your Disney trips and so far---that hasn't happened. When you can get airfare for $200 total using your miles, I don't see why you'd ever stop coming back! :hyper:

    Definitely let me know whenever that info comes out. You've got me very interested.
     
  19. LOVEMY3KIDDOS

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    been away for awhile...but I'm back and caught up! Food looks good so far! Love EOS!!!!!! I talked to a CM today about the Dec park hours (because my ADR date is Sept. 2 and Nov. hours came out late) and she said that I could call them the last week in Aug and they should be able to get them over the phone. Just so you know.
     
  20. annnewjerz

    annnewjerz If I had a world of my own, everything would be no

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    We'll take a break from the dining updates (booo!) to discuss something else for the trip.

    Today I got confirmation that I am participating in a DVC Christmas tree swap. How fun!

    Now---I am not actually a DVC member. Shhhhhh!! :tiptoe: That being said, I will be staying at BWV for 6 nights, 5 of which will be on rented points. I thought I should at least try to see if I could get in on it and what do ya know? I did. :goodvibes

    So how it works is, I show up and check in and there will be a box behind the front desk for me. I get it and there should be a table-top sized tree inside all decorated for the theme of the Boardwalk Villas (or maybe not, but who cares) and we get to have it set up in our room while we are there. When we are checking out, we leave some cash to cover return shipping to the tree owner and then pass it along to the next guest. So easy and it'll be a nice little somethin' somethin' that adds to the Christmas feeling during our stay.

    Can't wait!!! :santa:
     
  21. LOVEMY3KIDDOS

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    Cute! We did a tree last time we went over Christmas! It's fun to have the decorations overflow into your room!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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