Going Squirrelly ... OCD Planning Sept 2013

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by WyldLynx, May 10, 2012.

  1. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    Shall we start with an intro...

    Howdy Ya'll! Welcome to my crazy little corner of the web. I'm Sheila ;) [​IMG](sorry I am usually behind the camera) I'm 37, I work FT for a book company, homeschool my boys, help run our farm (Tennessee Fainting Goats, Great Pyrenees Dogs, couple mustangs and a few rescue cats), and take care of my 85yr old grandmother. And if that is not enough I am a Disney/Harry Potter fanatic, and slightly obsessive compulsive when is comes to planning our vacations.
    Favorite Park: Wizarding World of Harry Potter...whoops lol
    Favorite Disney Park: Animal Kingdom and Epcot

    Next in the line up is my DH [​IMG]he's 40, actually gets to leave the house when he goes to his job, is a bit of a picky eater, does not like roller coasters or wet rides (no fun right :rotfl:) loves Disney but doesn't understand why I go so crazy especially when it comes to planning.
    Favorite Park: Animal Kingdom

    Now we have my oldest DS [​IMG] He's 14 now, loves all thrill rides (follows in his momma's footsteps there).
    Favorite Park: Animal Kingdom and Epcot (and he had a hard time choosing those two..LOL)

    Next is my youngest DS [​IMG], likes mild rides, and is my little foodie.
    Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom (because they have pirates)

    And last but certainly not least my DBro [​IMG], he's 28, never been to Orlando and I can't wait to take him, he has always been there when I have needed him (best farm hand ever:) ), recently been diagnosed with insulin diabetes (working on his limits). So we have new things to worry about...

    Our trip is going to be 8 days 7 nights in September after Labor Day. We are planning on 2 rooms at the Wilderness Lodge, and keeping fingers crossed for FD. I would love to do MNSSHP. Halloween is my favorite holiday. So much less stress the other holidays.

    Going to add more in a bit...
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  3. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    Ok so here I go again driving myself crazy, (but what else is new) 

    Our 2012 trip fell through so I am working up our 2013 trip which is going to have a few more changes. For 2012 it was just going to be DH, myself and our two boys(14 and 7 now), but for 2013 we are adding my DBro (our invitation and so we told him to only worry about spending money – we owe him so much so taking on vacation is the least we can do) and my now 7yr old will be 9. My DBro is diabetic (newly diagnosed) and my 7yr old already eats like a horse.

    So here is my current dilemma, we are planning on going in Sept 2013, so there is a fair chance for free dining. But even without FD we are debating on a DDP so I am running the numbers and you’ll see my comparisons shortly. My dilemma is whether to go ahead as planned and do a DDP or just pay OOP.

    Now please remember my DBro is insulin diabetic so he HAS to eat fairly close to a set schedule and that boy eats!!! My DBro can put the food away (worse part of that is that he is not even close to being overweight, I wish I had his metabolism). My oldest son can eat most people under the table also (he too has the high metabolism) but he can be picky at times. My youngest son loves food and is my little foodie and gets bored with the same thing all the time. DH is the pickiest of our crew but likes a good steak. As for myself I like a variety to my diet, but I am working on losing some weight.

    With out free dining;

    DDP will run about $1800 – with tips, extra meals and snacks $1450 = Est total $3250
    DxDP will run about $3000 - with tips est about $350 – Est Total $3350
    OOP with tax, resort mugs and tips – Est Total $2970

    IF we luck out with FD we would be looking at about $1200 difference to upgrade to the DxDP.

    And trust me I am being conservative on my OOP est. we could end up well above that depending on where we end up actually eating.

    I know it is a lot of money no matter what but I could have it paid off before we go, if we go with the DDP or DxDP and not worry about it while we are there and know for a fact that everyone would get enough to eat. I think the money difference may be worth the peace of mind.

    Is $400 worth one less thing (major thing) to worry about?

    Ok now since the 2013 numbers have some out here is the update

    DDP will run about $1945.65 – with tips, extra meals and snacks $1750(fairly conservative est) = Est total $3695.65
    DxDP will run about $3498.95 - with tips est about $350 – Est Total $3848.95
    OOP with tax, resort mugs, tips, and extra groceries – Est Total $3807.08

  4. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
  5. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    Whoo Hoo!!! We are booked!!!! I went down to AAA last Friday and made our ressies!!

    Wilderness Lodge 2 rooms DxDDP Woods View Sept 14-21. :banana::banana::banana:

    Now starts the payment schedule $100 a week out of DH check and $200 every other week out of my check. Hoping to have it paid off by April earlier if I put my end of the year bonus on it. Keeping fingers crossed for "Free Dining" because then we would be paid off that much sooner. Plus that would give us that much more to spend down in Orlando.

    We will be doing MNSSHP and possibly my oldest and I will go to Halloween Horror Nights.

    More Details to Come....
  6. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    My family thinks I'm nuts, making reservations 413 days out. *sigh* (It is just too far away)

    Oh well they also think that house elves set Thanksgiving dinner on the table:rotfl2:

    So here goes our first draft plans.

    We will be driving down (definite)
    Renting a car (possible)
    Leaving out Sept 13 as early as possible (definite)
    Over-nighting as close to Orlando as possible (possible - depends on how early we get to head out)
    Getting up early and heading for Wilderness Lodge to check in early and head out to have some park time while waiting for our rooms to get ready.

    Saturday - Hollywood Studios
    (B) ? (L)Sci-Fi Dine In (D)50's Prime Time

    Sunday - Universal Studios
    (B) ? (L) ? (D) Raglan Road (DTD)

    Monday - Animal Kingdom
    (B) Tusker House (L) Flame Tree BBQ (D)Rainforest Cafe?

    Tuesday - Magic Kingdom & MNSSHP?
    (B) Crystal Palace (L) Liberty Tree Tavern (D) ?

    Wednesday - (Sleep in) Epcot - focus on World Showcase
    (B) Whispering Canyon Cafe? (L) Akershus? (D) Beirgarten

    Thursday - Epcot - focus on Future World
    (B) Sunshine Seasons (L) Coral Reef (D) Rose & Crown

    Friday - Islands of Adventure
    (B) Roaring Forks (L) Three Broomsticks (BUTTERBEER!!!) (D) Whispering Canyon

    Saturday - Check out - DTD
    (B) Chef Mickey (L)?

  7. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    My family started calling my binder the Disney bible back when I made one for our 2010 trip.

    Here are a few pics of this year's binder.

    Front Cover

    Inside Front Cover

    My Dividers

    I may have to get a new binder
    This one is not holding up as well

  8. Elleshoodat

    Elleshoodat DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    Joining in! We are hoping to go back in October '13, and I thought I was crazy for planning so far out. Glad to see I'm not the only one! I am a slacker compared to you, though ... I don't have my tentative park days and meals set yet! ;)
  9. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    Welcome fellow uber-planner:hippie: I just can't help myself. I've been driving my family nuts:lmao: because I have plan A and plan B before our trip I'll most likely have a plan C and D :laughing:LOL

    At least I don't feel alone here on the DIS because there are others who are worse then me:scared1::laughing:
  10. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    OMGs I really need to quit reading PTRs and TRs.:)

    My DH actually said to me
    "Didn't we already go through the menus?"

    I said
    "Yes but I would like to go to Akershus. Even if we have to split up for a lunch."

    He says to me "I just want Beirgarten"

    I say "But hun we can't go to Beirgarten every day"

    He actually says "Why Not?"

    He was being serious. He is a total carnivore. It totally drives me nuts! Meat and potatoes is all he ever wants to eat. It literally took me 5 years to get him to even try sweet and sour chicken :rolleyes: and even that he won't eat the sauce.

    He loves Disney but rarely rides anything, NEVER any rollercoasters. No sense of adventure.

    Thank the heavens my boys are not that way. My oldest loves rollercoasters and all thrill rides. He does try new things may not like them all but he will try. My youngest is not quite as adventurous ride wise but he is my little foodie.

    I swear between DH and DBro, they are going to drive me up into the trees with the squirrels. :eek: DBro is also a meat and potato kind of eater even though he really shouldn't be with his diabetes.

    Ok enough of my rant, for now...LOL;)
  11. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    I'm so glad we are going in Sept. Last time the parks were wonderful not too crowded and not to cold either. So here I shall start our "Must Do Lists", they will include our NEVER Do/Never again lists (these will be short since we have only been once before)

    Starting with the first

    Must Do - (not in any type of order)
    Walt Disney Railroad
    Jungle Cruise (missed out on it last trip will not miss this trip)
    Liberty Square Riverboat (wonderful break in the afternoon)
    Monster's Laugh Floor (another miss last trip, major regret)
    Pirates of the Caribbean (loved it may hit it 2-3 times)
    Space Mountain
    BTMR (another one to hit multiple times)
    Splash Mountain
    Haunted Mansion
    Mad Tea Party
    Tomorrowland Speedway (youngest son wants to drive this time)
    Buzz Lightyear
    Fantasyland update
    Astro Orbiter
    Pirate's League

    Must NOT Do
    Stitch (we did not enjoy it last time, went on the never again list)
    IaSW (I know blasphemy right. I just can't to the little dolls. I know it is iconic but just not my thing, plus I have boys. Singing dolls are not top on my boys' lists)

    Might do
    Hall of Presidents
    Country Bear Jamboree
    Tom Sawyer Island

    Eats -
    Will DO
    Crystal Palace - Breakfast before park opens (hopefully)
    Liberty Tree Tavern - Lunch

    May do
    Be Our Guest?
    Pecos Bills?
    Cosmic Ray's?​

    We have time to make this decision or may even wing it:scared1: NOT!!!:rotfl2: I'm too much a control freak to just wing it. I will have a 1st choice and 2nd choice if not ADR by the time we go.

    I love to plan it out but I always keep in mind that things may change and will fall back and punt if needed.
  12. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    Next Up ...



    We are planning on 2 days here. One focused on Future World and the other focused on World Showcase. Now that doesn't mean we will not wander the entire park if we want to ride/see/shop or eat :)

    First up Future World Must Do list -
    Spaceship Earth
    Soarin' (multiple times we love this one)
    Living with the Land (I love this attraction, may have to ride this a couple times)
    Turtle Talk
    Innoventions East and West
    Test Track (another multiple time attraction)
    Mission Space
    Sum of all Thrills
    Character Greetings

    Will not do List -

    Nothing in this section

    May Do
    The Seas with Nemo & Friends
    Circle of Life
    Ellen's Energy Adventure
    Journey Into Imagination With Figment

    World Showcase
    Must Do
    extensive time to explore each country
    Maelstrom (several times) I even love the movie!
    Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
    Reflections of China

    Must do
    BEIRGARTEN -I love it but if I would even suggest not going there would be a riot at my house and DH would not be fit to live with.
    Rose & Crown
    Akershus (even if I have to go by myself)
    Kringla (again even if I have to go alone)

    May do
    Sunshine Seasons
    Liberty Inn
    Via Napoli
    San Angel Inn
    Coral Reef (I would love to give this one a shot but I may have to concede this one)

    OK that is all I can think of for now. I shall add Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios over the next few days.

  13. Elleshoodat

    Elleshoodat DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    Yes, there are definitely people worse than us! I'm terrible about revising my plans time and again, too ... but that's half the fun!
  14. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    Here is our Animal Kingdom Day

    Must Do's
    Kilimanjaro Safari (at least 3 times)
    Expedition Everest (multiple times)
    Wildlife Express Train (we didn't get to do this last time because we only spent a few hours here)
    Kali River Rapids (a few times)
    Primeval Whirl (another one we missed last time)
    Pangani Forest Trail
    Discovery Island Trails
    Maharajah Jungle Trek
    Character Meets

    Will NOT Do
    Dinosaur (I will never ever ride this again. During our last trip we rode this and I was on the outer edge where through out the ride I was constantly being thrown against the side of the car and ended up with a large nasty bruise across my left ribs. It was not fun for me.)

    May Do
    Finding Nemo
    Festival of the Lion King
    Flights of Wonder

    Eats will do
    Tusker House
    Rainforest Cafe

    Eats may do
    Yak and Yeti
    Flame Tree BBQ

  15. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    Next up....


    Hollywood Studios
    Must Do List

    Star Tours (it was closed the last time we were there)
    Toy Story Mania (as many times as we possibly can!!! loved this)
    The Great Movie Ride (I wanted to give this one a shot last trip but since we only spent a 1/2 day here we just didn't have enough time. In fact we missed much of this park and Animal Kingdom)
    Tower of Terror (my oldest has been trying to talk me into this but I don't know, I am very claustrophobic.)
    Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
    Studio Backlot Tour (my oldest and I saw this and we have to take the others)
    Muppet*Vision 3-D (DH and youngest went here and DH wants to go again he is a big Muppet fan, I must say I love Animal myself)

    Probably do list
    Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
    Indiana Jones
    The Magic of Disney Animation
    Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
    Pixar Pals Countdown (we are not much on parades but if we are here all day then I don't see why we couldn't fit this one in)

    Won't Do
    Voyage of The Little Mermaid
    The American Idol Experience
    Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    (Not that there is anything wrong with these shows, I'm just going with all guys and these show don't appeal to me enough to fight with them to see these)

    Must Eats
    50's Prime Time
    Sci Fi Dine In
    These just look awesome, maybe more for ambiance then food but hoping food will be good too.

    Will not eat
    Backlot Express (we had lunch here last trip and it was just meh...the food was not good, I have had better at McDonalds)

    Personal Opinion about to be voiced.

    Ok for me Hollywood Studios just doesn't feel very "Disney". I know there are many who love it but it just feels a bit cheesy. It feels very just thrown together like this is the stuff that doesn't fit in the other parks so we will just throw it together. Don't get me wrong I LOVE TSMM!!! And maybe last trip I just didn't have enough time there to let it sink in but this one just doesn't do much for me. But since DH and boys loves parts of the park we are making a day of it.

    Well I'm off for now need to get a couple hours sleep before heading to the Farmer's market in the morning.:cool1:
  16. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    OK now for a little trip to the Dark Side *insert evil laugh here* ahhhh haaa haaa ha

    Universal Studios
    Must Do List
    Despicable Me (we love minions)
    Shrek 4D (did not get to do this last trip)
    MIB (loved this one may have to do it 2-3 times)
    Disaster (did not get to do this last trip)
    Woody Woodpecker (my youngest loves these easy rollercoasters)
    Animal Actors

    May Do
    Terminator 2
    Horror Make up show
    Blues Brothers

    Won't do
    E.T. (it was boring)
    Fear Factor (don't care for the tv show so why suffer through a live show)
    Barney (NO NO NO, my boys never got into that purple dino and that is just fine with me)

    We may get Park to Park Tickets for our Universal days or we might just do 2 days at IOA

    Islands of Adventure
    Must do's
    Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (4-5+ times :lmao:)
    Dragon Challenge (3-4 times)
    Flight of the Hippogriff (10-20 times :lmao::lmao:) ok so we are HP fans
    Hulk (2-3 times if not more)
    Jurassic Park River Adventure (2-3 times)
    Popeye & Bluto (enough times that we are soaked through or DH says he has had enough)
    1 fish, 2 fish, Red fish, Blue fish
    Storm Force Accelatron

    May Do
    Cat in the hat
    Poseidon's Fury
    Oh the stories you'll hear

    I am looking forward to IOA as much as any of the Disney park.
  17. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    It has been a couple weeks since my last update ... life has been crazy as normal for me.

    *OT for a min or two*

    My 85 yr old granny who lives with me finally decided to get dentures. Her former dentist was milking her for all he could doing root canals and crowns when her teeth were so brittle that they were literally falling out and cracking. So my mom, aunt and myself had been working on finding her someone else to go to and I came across a wonderful dental group who makes the dentures on the premises. I took her in for her first apt a few weeks back and when they did x-rays we found out my granny only had 13 teeth left :scared1: (It still makes me so mad how her former dentist was using her. It should be considered elder abuse in the very least for a dental "professional" can take advantage of an older person that way. Not once did he recommend pulling them all and getting dentures in fact the last time we asked he said that he MIGHT suggest a partial but did not think full dentures were the way to go).

    On top of that my favorite goat was diagnosed with epileptic seizures and we had to put her down. We raise fainting goats and they tend to seize up when scared but she was the worst I have ever seen. It was horrible because she was the friendliest one of our bunch. Would have follow us right in the house if we would have let her. (which I draw the line at livestock in the house unless it is an emergency. There have been a couple times when we have had winter babies and the weather was so bad that we had to bring one it to keep it from freezing to death:eek: But that is the only exception)

    My oldest son got a new laptop as and early christmas present and broke it 2 days later:mad:. cracked the screen and we are having a hard time trying to get it fixed. Warranty does not cover this. We are making him pay for the repair out of his savings.

    And all that is on top of the "normal" family drama we always have going (which I'll not get into at this time, too long a story, too short a format. short version is 2 adult kids (31 and 21) living at home with their momma both refuse to work and putting a financial burden on the rest of the family)

    *Steps off soap box*
    Sorry all - regular update to follow :hippie:
  18. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    We are now going to leave out EARLY on Friday the 13th (lol I just realized that Friday the 13th good thing I'm not very superstitious..lol) Anyways :goodvibes we are going to leave out as early as possible and drive to Valadosa, Ga and stay the night in a hotel that I have frequent stay points so we get the night free for 2 rooms:cool1:

    So I figure we will get into Valadosa which is over 3/4 of the way and get a few hours of sleep and head out for Disney around 3am. Kids will sleep most of the rest of the way and wake up in WDW!!! That way we will be fairly rested check in as early as possible (who cares if a room is ready because then we can have a full day at a park that first day there and still have energy to do so!:yay:

    Sounds like a good plan to me. Any one out there with any suggestions?
  19. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    OK I know I have been bad about updating actually it has been about a month. But that just means a month closer to Disney:goodvibes

    I have been really busy lately. I had to make a new binder, my last one bit the dust. I tried to glue it but it just tore again, so at the back to school sales I bought a new bigger binder. I'll post pics soon.

    Getting back in the swing of school again has been tough this year. There just doesn't seem enough hours in the day. We have about 8 weeks into this school year. And my older started High School this year and it has been very different then K-8. He is taking a fairly heavy schedule but he is doing well so as long as he holds up so shall I. My younger son is in the 3rd grade and he loves his curriculum which is computer based so he is going through it somewhat on his own so that has freed me up some.

    But our newest addition has tied up most of my time and energy...

    We just adopted a Mustang off the Nevada range. So we have been putting up new fence and getting our pasture ready for him. He was previously adopted by a wonderful lady who could just not afford his upkeep so through one of my homeschool friends I found out about Nevada (yes that is his name lol) and we went to look at him and fell in love with him so we have spent the last week or so getting ready for him and yesterday we were finally able to bring him home. :hyper::cheer2:

    So now that we are done with the hard work (putting in fence is hard work and we put in more then a acre and a half of it. I can get back to Disney stuff....

    I will be adding another Disney update shortly....

    Now I return you to your regular Pre-Trip Report...

  20. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    356 days to go!!! :banana:We are officially less than a year away now.:cool1:

    I know it is still a while to go but I am ready to :drive: and feel the pixiedust:pixiedust:

    I will be doing an update with my pic for my binder and my designs for an autograph book(s) I might bind them separately for each park...:confused3

    See ya real soon.....

  21. WyldLynx

    WyldLynx Crazy Disney Addict

    Sep 27, 2009
    Well here we go I have been working on character sheets for some autograph books so here are my designs so far....






    Mickey -





    Minnie -




    Friends -






    to be continued


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