I will never go to WDW pushing a stroller! - Nov/Dec 2011 PTR, Final? Itinerary 11/18

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  1. DisDadDoc

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    We did the Candlelight Processional and it seems better on paper than it was in person. Looking at the descriptions, we thought it would be great too, but with 3 squirming kids, it seemed to go on forever! (and eventually we had to leave early). I would not recommend it with a toddler (unless he's really well behaved)

    December is such a wonderful time to go! Definitely try to go to some of the resorts (especially the Grand Floridian with that enormous gingerbread house!) and just walk around (maybe on your way to dinner!). It is well worth it!
     
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    We thought about the CP but it wasn't going to fit in with our schedule. I'm sure Juliana would handle it fine but she is a little older than your son.

    I don't know the demeanor of your kids but we brought Juliana to Jiko when she was 3 and she was fine.

    I highly recommend eating and early dinner (CS) on your MVMCP night like 3 or 4 then just snack later if you/kids get hungry. You spend too much money for these tickets to be sitting in a restaurant for 2 hours.
     
  4. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    We'll see how he's doing with sitting through things at that point... I've considered that, but he does very well sitting through church for an hour for us. We just have to keep some Cheerios on hand. It is a good point though, I definitely don't want to have to sit there if he is being fidgety. We still have several months to go between now and then, so I'm sure his behavior and patience could change, so we'll just have to evaluate it then. How long does CP last?

    We're definitely going to tour the monorail resorts. Since we'll only have 6 days and want to have plenty of park time and downtime, we probably won't go to any other resorts, but we will definitely make a monorail loop to check those out.

    I'm kind of waiting until the schedule comes out to make up an exact plan, but I'm the thrill ride junkie and morning person in the family so MVMCP day might be a time when I can go out in the morning and ride Rock n Rollercoaster and Expedition Everest a few times while DW and DS sleep in and relax. I'm pretty sure I'll be awake by 6:30 or 7:00 even if I tried to sleep in anyway. Other than that it will probably just be a slow, relaxing day, head over to MK mid afternoon and of course, eat before the party gets started. Gotta make sure to have an appetite for cookies once the party starts!:thumbsup2
     
  5. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Like this one?

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    Thanks! :thumbsup2

    I don't believe that sentence has ever been written before. :rotfl2:

    Woohoo! 80's pictures! Bring 'em on!
     
  6. PirateKate

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    We frequently get Carter his own meal when we eat QS at Disney. Sometimes, even when the portions would be enough, we want to order food he wouldn't like. Jeremy's always willing to help out with any Carter leftovers. :laughing:
     
  7. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    Mark, I realize you're an engineer, but are you really that curious about how everything works????:confused3

    Still gotta remember to steal them from my mom... I keep forgetting to grab them when I'm there. Not to mention I don't even know where she keeps that stuff anymore. She gave my wife some of the pictures she had from when I was growing up but no Disney ones. I actually wish my mom would have just kept them all because I found DS playing with (translation: destroying) one of my baby pictures last week.

    Yeah, that sounds about like me.
     
  8. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    Hey, I was reasonably certain the cannon was inert.


    :eek: I hear pictures make great chew-toys.
     
  9. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    Oh, well that's a relief. I guess that means you didn't get to make anything blow up though so that's kind of disappointing.:sad1:

    :thumbsup2 Landon would confirm that statement!
     
  10. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

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    I still have a couple of months until I can start making ADR's on June 1, so I really don't have much new to report on the day to day planning side of things yet. We've been talking and thinking about places we want to eat, but being on the Quick Service Dining Plan, we don't want to go overboard on ADR's. We just want to do a few meals so that we can sit down and relax and just enjoy them, but the problem is that my short list of restaurants I want to try isn't all that short. I'm going to have to sort it out and narrow some things down so that I can report back later. I think right now the only sure thing I'm looking at is Whispering Canyon Cafe since it is conveniently located at Wilderness Lodge.

    One of the options on the table is the Spirit of Aloha show. I just can't seem to get excited about it. :confused3 Can anybody talk me into this one?? I've never been there before, but DW has and she wants to go again. She thinks DS will enjoy the show and the fire dancers. I'm kind of lukewarm on the dinnershow concept and would tend to lean towards the Hoop-De-Doo Review for DS if we were going to do one. I've never been to either one of them so I have no first hand experience. So if anyone has any good/bad experiences I'd love to hear about it. If you just want to convince me that I need to go see Spirit of Aloha, I'm sure DW would be grateful.

    On a sidenote, I just realized last week that I have something to celebrate this time when I go to Disney World. In the past, I've never gotten into the whole concept of celebrating something on vacation or getting a pin for anything, and I likely won't for this trip either. It just struck me though that 11 days before we check in at Wilderness Lodge will be my 30th birthday. :scared1: I'm sure I'll still feel like a 4 year old once I walk under the train station and enter the Magic Kingdom no matter how old I am.
     
  11. FreezinRafiki

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    I can't add anything useful on the Hoop Dee Do v. Spirit of Aloha since I haven't been to either of them. But I did want say good luck feeling like a 4 year old after your 30th birthday. Right around there things start to hurt, creek, crack and groan a lot more than they did at 29. :rotfl2:
     
  12. PirateKate

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    It's your son's first visit, too, isn't it? That's two celebrations. You guys will be turning down pins left and right. :laughing:

    I've never been to either of the two dinner shows you mentioned. People certainly seem to like both of them a lot. I think the QSDP is a good call, with an almost two year old. :thumbsup2
     
  13. Captain_Oblivious

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    You've probably seen enough reviews of Whispering Canyon in our various TR's to know whether you'd like that or not. As far as dinner shows go, I don't have much experience. My family took me to the Hoop De Doo Revue when I was a kid, and I remember having a blast. From what I can tell, it hasn't changed much, which appears to be a good thing. But I have no clue on the Spirit of Aloha, other than to say I really like hanging around at the Poly resort. :confused3
     
  14. afwdwfan

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    Well I can tell from your Trip Report that you still have the ability to bring out your inner 4 year old.

    That actually started happening to me at 26. I tore my achilles playing basketball and I almost got to the point that I wanted to smack around the next person that told me I'm not 18 anymore. Now when I go play basketball I actually have to stretch out and warm up and there's still about a 50/50 chance I'm going to hurt an ankle, a knee, my back or all of the above. :rotfl2: I've probably seen my doctor more times in the past 6 months than I did between the ages of 20 and 25. I kind of get ashamed of having my answer be "I was playing basketball" every time he asks me what happened.:rolleyes1

    Yes, we'll definitely grab a pin or 2 for him to have when he is of an age that they won't look appetizing.:lmao:
    We like the QSDP for a lot of reasons. For one thing there are a lot of very good counter service places that have filling meals and your TR is opening my eyes to a few more we'll have to check out.:thumbsup2 We enjoy the table service meals but prefer to stay off the regular dining plan because we want to be able to maybe just get an appetizer or something if that's all we want. Landon does well sitting through meals, but I'm still a little apprehensive about doing something where we might be sitting for a long time.

    Oh yeah, I've seen enough about WCC to know that I'm all over that one. It is one I've really wanted to try so it is kind of a no brainer since we'll be at WL anyway. I don't know if it was the bottomless milkshake or the skillet that hooked me, but I do plan to get my money's worth there!:thumbsup2
     
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    DW and I had a talk last night about restaurants we want to try and things we do/don't want to do this trip. As I said last week, we're definitely going to hit WCC at some point and last night I think we settled on Chef Mickey's for another meal but not sure if we want to do breakfast or dinner. I then told her to think of some places that she wants to try and I wrote down my list of a few places I've never tried, but I'd like to consider... Le Cellier, Via Napoli and Tutto Italia. I realized then that all we had was MK resorts and EPCOT. That was fine for AK, because all I want there is QS anyway. Specifically Flame Tree and Pizzafari and/or Restauranosaurus. So I started suggesting HS TS places to DW which led to this exchange:
    Mama Melrose - "Well, it was good but we did that last time. What else is there?" "Sci-Fi, but we did it last time too." "Which one is that?" "The one where you sit in the cars." "Oh yeah, that was good." "There's Hollywood and Vine, but I really didn't care for it." "What?" "The cold buffet." "Oh #$!! no! That place was nasty last time." "What about 50's Prime Time Cafe, we didn't try it last time." "Is that the place where the waitresses are mom and make you stand in the corner if you don't finish your meal?" "Yes." "I've been there before, I didn't finish my food and had to stand in the corner." "So do you want to try it this time?" "No, I never want to go back.":lmao::rotfl2: Wait a minute... I kind of like that place.:guilty::sad2:

    We talked a little more about shows and attractions we want to hit. The unanimous must do's involved Wishes, MSEP and Illuminations. I brought up Fantasmic. DW loves it, I like it but it isn't really something I need to see every time. I pointed out that we'll have a 22 month old with us and Fantasmic involves standing in a massive sea of humanity for about an hour, then sitting on an aluminum bleacher for an hour with nothing going on. If we HAVE to see it, we'll probably go with a dinner package at Mama Melrose to at least cut back on the standing around time. Otherwise, I want to try some new places this year so we might take a boat ride to one of the Boardwalk area resorts to look around and eat on our HS day.:idea:
     
  16. PirateKate

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    Our conversations about DHS restaurants sound very similar to yours. We go through them all and end up with nothing. :laughing: We love taking the boat from DHS. We used to like to eat at Cape May Cafe on DHS days, before we had the boys and switched to mostly counter service.
     
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    Barry! Oh man. You've just GOT to go to the Luau... Evan will have so many nice things to look at like he did with Jasmine! :rotfl: Oh - plus the fire dancers are really cool too.
     
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    They're BOTH awesome! :thumbsup2
     
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    I hope we get the cahnce to meet up in one of the parks. Maybe Italy at Epcot since we share a love of Italian food. Gelato anyone :rotfl2:
     
  20. Captain_Oblivious

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    Aw, come on...50's Prime Time is awesome! Love that place! And if she doesn't want to do that, are you sure you want to go to WCC? :confused3
     
  21. afwdwfan

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    Yeah, they need something new there. Part of our problem is that we ate at HS 3 different times last trip... I can't even remember why we were there that much. :rotfl2: We still can't completely convince ourselves to do counter service only, but it does help that there are a lot of counter service options that we love. There are just a lot of table service places that we haven't tried and want to.

    :rotfl2::rotfl::lmao: Barry you definitely have to take Evan there!!!

    :thumbsup2 Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share plans since we'll be there at the same time!

    Yes, it is awesome, and yes, I love it. About WCC... she has a coworker who has suggested we try it since we're staying at WL so she wants to go there. I may not be sharing every detail I know about the place, but that's beside the point. :rolleyes1

    Honestly, I don't get it. I'm far more introverted than she is and I don't like being the focus of attention with something like that, but I'm in Disney so I just go with it. She's the social person of the family and she sings... a lot... in front of crowds. My theory is that she was just embarassed because she was high school age and with friends when her visit to 50's took place so she was probably still in the too cool phase:cool2:.
     

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