Counting Our Nuts Like Chip & Dale, a Financially Aware PTR *Update 4/17 Pg 62 *

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by Lady Lallie, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. MeMom

    MeMom DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2007
    So much good food - and more choices yet to be made!
    We like all three of those places, probably Kona the best, although Trent would go for Whispering Canyon any day of the week.

    I hope you will like your first zebra dome. Boma has so many good two-bite desserts at the end of that buffet. :thumbsup2
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  3. Kat in GA

    Kat in GA DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2006
    Joining in!

    First - congrats on your weight loss! You look amazing. My mom had lap band - and then had to do gastric bypass - and she has lost over 100 pounds. I have been doing Atkins and have lost 62 (and didn't gain while we were at the world for 2 weeks!). Yay us :banana:

    I am looking forward to hearing more about your plans - and keeping things on a budget!
  4. Lady Lallie

    Lady Lallie DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    Hehehe, that's okay. I knew you would fine me eventually. I'm trying to catch up on your new PTR but I have been so freaking busy lately!

    I really like the whole lunch thing at Disney. Especially in January when the park hours aren't super late, it's a great way to recharge so you can stay until closing or close to closing.

    Yes, I would love to arrange a DISmeet!! :thumbsup2

    I really can't wait to try Boma, I've wanted to eat there for a long time.

    Basically on the point renting thing, I was able to find someone through one of my DIS friends who had rented with them before. I told them what I was looking for, they told me how much they were charging per points $10, the 5 nights at AKV were 45 points so it was $450. Once they emailed me the confirmation #, I went on the Disney website and added the reservation to my profile and it popped up just fine. I am going to have them add the dining plan as it gets closer for us. So basically they make the reservation under your name using their points. I have used other points before from DISers that I chat with on here so this is the first time I'm using someone I don't know. There are contracts you can sign with the DVC owner as well. I know a lot of people who have done it on here and it has worked out really well for them.

    We aren't following Dave Ramsey exactly but we did read a lot of his stuff. We have one huge debt payment that goes to multiple debts and once that is paid off we are going to be in such a better financial place and yes we could skip Disney and get it paid off faster but we need a vacation for ourselves to keep us committed if that makes sense. It helps just save for vacation instead of buying things we don't need and putting as much $$ towards the debt as we can.

    A lot of you were VERY close!! I loved my meal at Yak N' Yeti when I went in 2010 and I especially loved their wonton dessert! ;)
  5. Lady Lallie

    Lady Lallie DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    We had dinner at Crystal Palace before and while it was good, I just thought breakfast was yummier. I really love the breakfast pizza, oh so YUMMY! I am just not sure what I want to do. I really need to figure out our park days so I can figure out our ADRs more seeing as that I have a week!!

    Doesn't that cheesecake look so yummy??

    I know, right? How could I have not had a zebra dome!!?? :rotfl: I meant to stop in Mara and buy some when we went to Jiko last September but I totally forgot by the time we finished our meal.

    We had a great dinner at Kona in 2008 and I really want to go back for lunch, we had the most amazing server there.

    I really don't blame you for not trying Le Cellier, it's good but it doesn't always WOW me like other places to eat. It is certainly good that is for sure.

    I'm honestly not sure where I'm going to decide for the last 2 ADRs. Marc has given input but when it comes down to it he really doesn't care where we eat.

    I think so too, I like getting those breaks in during lunch. It helps recharge you for the rest of the long as you don't eat an entire Kobe Beef Burger by yourself and have to cancel your Jiko dinner that night because you feel too sick....:rolleyes1 Not that I would know anything about that. :rotfl2:

    :lmao: 15 ADRs! Wow! That is a lot. ADRs can be stressful but I'm trying not to focus on just eating on this trip. One ADR a day and that's it. It is VERY hard for me to narrow down all the yummy places I have been at and want to go to again or the ones I want to try.
  6. Lady Lallie

    Lady Lallie DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    We do have great choices and most likely all of these places will still be there on our next trip so I know I will get to all of them eventually. :thumbsup2

    I know!! Sometimes it's too hard to choose! :rolleyes:

    I highly recommend Kona, we had a great meal there and it is reasonably priced as far as the quality of the food for a Disney meal.

    I've been to Kona, I haven't been to WCC or Boma. Buffets are just not worth the cost unless you factor them into the dining plan with the amount of food we eat, which is a big reason why we have decided to go with the dining plan so we can eat at Boma and not feel so guilty about the money spent. :rotfl:

    I adore slushie cokes, I really can't wait to have a few or a dozen in January. :lmao:

    Mmmm...there is something EXTRA special about two-bite desserts in my opinion. Maybe because you can try more flavors??

    Thank you! Congrats to you and your mom, that is amazing weight loss!!! :thumbsup2
  7. Roxychica7

    Roxychica7 DIS Veteran

    Jun 14, 2008
    YAHOOO!! I am enjoying my slushie coke right now :thumbsup2

    Let's see, all great choices! Although we've eaten dinner at Kona and breakfast at Boma and loved both! As for the other choices, I'm trying to think of other 1 credit options.

    Grand Floridian Cafe is great, although outside of the Magic Kingdom...I'd say Sci Fi in DHS, Tutto Italia in Epcot..thinking of doing any Downtown Disney ADR's?
  8. meeko_33785

    meeko_33785 <font color=teal>Surrounded by characters<br><font

    Oct 20, 2000
    Wow, I'm glad I didn't guess. I would have been way off. None of those were on the long list that came to mind, although I feel like Bomma and Kona should have been. Never had lunch at Kona before but enjoyed their breakfast. Bomma is one of my favorites, so I'm excited that you'll finally get to try it.
  9. mrssmith06

    mrssmith06 DIS Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Hi, joining in here! Fun PTR so far, loving it. :thumbsup2

    That slushie coke is giving me the drools... I want one NOW :rotfl2:
    WHERE can you find those??! Please do tell!!! :cutie:

    My votes for you other 2 TS credits would be:
    Crystal Palace and Yak & Yeti!

    Boma sound so good, I have it on my list of ADR wishes for our March trip!!!
  10. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

    Mar 8, 2008
    :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

    That has got to be one of the funniest things you've ever said! I love it.

    I know it's not on your list, and I know you've done it before, but if you like escargot, can I throw Chefs de France out there for your consideration? It's very, very good there. :)
  11. Charleston Princess

    Charleston Princess DIS Veteran

    Jan 28, 2008
    I never win these contests. :headache::laughing:

    Yeay for trying Boma on this trip! You know how I feel about it and those zebra domes are worth the visit. :thumbsup2

    I agree about the signature places on the dining plan. It is hard to part with two credits for just one meal.

    Good luck deciding your other two choices. No matter which ones you decide, they are bound to be delicious!
  12. brookelizabeth

    brookelizabeth <font color=red>Jambo Wildbunch Gang<br><font colo

    Jul 20, 2006
    How did I miss the bat signal?!?! :scared1:

    Must read!
  13. brookelizabeth

    brookelizabeth <font color=red>Jambo Wildbunch Gang<br><font colo

    Jul 20, 2006
    I'm SO excited for you LL!!!!

    And AKV! :dance3: I remember your message about DVC points, I'm so glad it worked out with someone!!!! And what a deal. Seriously awesome.

    Your ADRs look delicious. That pic of the pork tacos had me drool a bit, even though we just finished dinner. :rolleyes1 I don't think I have seen those before!

    Also, have you considered the flexible Dining Plan - meaning you can pick & choose what day you want what plan - or even NO plan? This is a perk for DVC Members, and since you are renting, I believe you would qualify!! There is an element of hassle with sometimes having to change key cards, but it can be worth it with the savings.
  14. shannn

    shannn If I spend my kids' college funds on DVC, can I ha

    Oct 7, 2006
    Hi Leslie,

    I've been on a DIS hiatus of my own, but I'm starting to return. After my mom's death i had a hard time focusing on the rest of the world.

    You know you were an inspiration to me when I was getting ready for my surgery last summer. I had my duodenal switch a year ago and I've lost over 150 pounds. I'm planning on starting a trip report that will actually show the progression since I was at Disney in October & March.

    I'm excited to join in here and follow along with your plans!
  15. Lady Lallie

    Lady Lallie DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    We ate at Grand Floridian Cafe in September '10 and it was very good so it's in the back of my mind but I'm finding that I want to try new places. So we shall see. I forgot about Tutto Italia, I will make sure to check out the menu because that could be a great one.

    I'm really excited about Kona and Boma, I've been wanting to try lunch at Kona and Boma in general for a few trips now. Boma will be so easy to get to with us staying at AKL.

    Thanks for joining in. :goodvibes I usually get my slushie cokes at the Auntie Gravity's in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. I know they also have them at the Toy Story food cart by Toy Story Mania in Hollywood Studios. A lot of places do have them but I can think of anymore off the top of my head.

    I think Yak & Yeti is a definite right now. I'm still unsettled on the last remaining credit though.

    You like that? I think I need a tshirt that says that.

    I have to say that I have been seriously considering Chefs de France since you mentioned that. I really need to sit down and figure out our park days so I can better plan our ADRs.

    Well, I hope to have more contests so hopefully you can win one of them. We have six more months of chances. :laughing:

    :rotfl2: I don't know!! I am STILL trying to catch up on your TR. I might just join in, I have been keeping up on your blog so maybe I'm not that far behind.

    I am so glad the DVC points worked out, we are both so excited for AKV.

    I did NOT know about this flexible Dining Plan....hmmm. I don't know if I want to worry about it though or the options I could potentially have. :rotfl2:

    I'm glad to see you back on the DIS. :hug:

    Congrats on all the weight loss!! :banana::banana::banana: I really can't wait to see pictures, make sure you post your PTR link on here so I don't miss it. :thumbsup2
  16. vikkii19

    vikkii19 Mouseketeer

    Oct 13, 2008
    Great dining choices, I loved Yak n' yeti on our Honeymoon. I've been wanting to try Kona, but I don't have any room for it this trip. Can't wait to hear what ADR's you do book.
  17. Lady Lallie

    Lady Lallie DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    I don't know why it's been hard for me to decide on the last two ADRs for this trip, maybe it's the fact that I have too many choices. :rotfl2:
  18. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    I can't believe you have not tried either boma or Kona! I am a Kona frequent flyer. Love it and I love the location. I haven't had a boma dinner since 2006, but it was fabulous. So many choices. Enjoy!
  19. Lady Lallie

    Lady Lallie DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    I have tried Kona, but not Boma. I was drooling over Boma dessert pictures today, maybe that explains why I want chocolate so badly. :rotfl2:
  20. Lady Lallie

    Lady Lallie DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2008
    I'm having a heck of a time figuring out our ADRs and park days. I have questions and need your answers and input. I also have a bazillion and one thoughts running around in my head about the trip so I am going to put them out there for you in list format.

    *I have given Whispering Canyon Cafe the boot, I was basically going there for the cheesecake and I worry about it being too loud and I don't like games and shenangians with my food. Yes, I'm a party pooper.

    *I really want park hoppers but it adds $117.14 to our budget and I just can't justify that extra cost right now. Maybe if our finances are better in January we can add them at the last minute.

    *We are probably not going to add the extra night at Pop Century. I just rather spend the money on other things I think. A 5 night trip will be good for us I think.

    *I found someone to take our photos, she is a friend of mine from my blog and she lives in Orlando and offered to take them for us. For a bargain price too so I'm super excited. She is in the middle of buying a house right now so I should have more details to follow in a few weeks. :thumbsup2

    *Has anyone eaten at Captain's Grill at the Yacht Club? The menu sounds decent and I'm looking for an ADR in Epcot or around Epcot to break up the day. Marc has never seen Illuminations so that is high on our list of things to do but I worry that we will get burned out majorly before then, I'm thinking a dinner at a nearby resort might help. Cape May Cafe is another option. Thoughts and opinions are greatly appreciated!

    *Here are the park days I have schedule right now...I'm not happy and can't seem to figure out a better way.

    Sunday: Arrive/Magic Kingdom/Dinner @ Kona - MK EMHs until 2AM

    Monday: Animal Kingdom/Lunch @ Yak N' Yeti

    Tuesday: Hollywood Studios/Perhaps Pictures in afternoon?

    Wednesday: Magic Kingdom/Boma dinner?

    Thursday: Epcot/Lunch @ Le Cellier/Dinner somewhere?

    Friday: Whatever Park we want/late flight home

    Here is what I like:I like that we go to MK on arrival day
    I like that on Tuesday or Wednesday I could do pictures in the afternoon and have Boma for dinner on the other day.

    Here is what I don't like:
    We only have one Epcot day and it's not until Thursday.
    I don't know if I should plan for EMHs or avoid them. I'm confused on this.
    I want park hoppers for more flexibility. I could go to DHS two mornings to get in our Toy Story Mania and still go to a different park (Epcot!) in the afternoon.
    I am not sure if I want 2 sit down ADRs on one day.
    Not a single place (except for Le Cellier which I won't eat because it comes with spicy stuff, ick) has polenta on the menu! Polenta is my Disney thing, that makes me sad.

    I think I'm talking myself into park hoppers. I don't know why park planning is so hard for me this trip, maybe because it's only 5 nights. I don't know, usually I am not this indecisive!

    Will someone or many of you please help make sense of the jumble of ideas and plans swimming in my head?? :headache:
  21. jenb1023

    jenb1023 DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2007
    I vote yes for park hoppers. We used ours a lot on our January trip and I think on a short trip you will like having options. Plus, if you have them, that opens up your ADR options. You can do DHS early in the day and hop elsewhere and have dinner there. Also, AK tends to close early in the winter so you could hop to Epcot or somewhere else that night.

    EMH's are usually good for us but they can be a mixed bag. Having Park Hoppers will help so you can hop if a park is too crowded.

    ADR's - I think two sit downs in one day are a lot. We've done it but try to avoid it if we can. My DH loves the Cape May dinner buffet but since you are from MA you might not be as impressed. What other places have Polenta that might be a potential add?

    Good luck!

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