Indecision & Obsession! A Sept. PTR with a toddler for DxDP, MNSSHP, and F&W!

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  1. Cinderelly5507

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    Hi! Welcome to what will probably be a very indecisive PTR! It is one of my character flaws—I can’t make a decision to save my life! I apologize in advance, but if you’re like me and planning a trip is half the fun, please stick around! I need you to help me make decisions! :lmao:

    This trip plans to be my last to the World until an undetermined future date… :sad1: After we return though, we’d like to get started on a new adventure—giving our DD a little sibling (hopefully a little brother)! So, this trip has to be special and one to remember (aren’t they all?), because I don’t know when I’ll be back… However, I do know that I will be back! Now, I’ll get started on some basics:

    Who: Me: 25—a SAHM who is obsessed with Disney. My first trip was in 1997 at the age of 13… I’ve been hooked ever since, but have only made it back twice. I even did a social studies project on Walt Disney and the history of (mostly) Walt and his movies. We placed 2nd, but sadly I don’t have the project anymore. I think my partner got that. :sad2:This will be my fourth trip to my happy place. I love The Lion King (I had a huge crush on JTT!!), Beauty and The Beast is a second, with Little Mermaid rounding out my top three.

    DH: 27—My Prince Charming—not so obsessed with Disney, but wants to see me happy. We met in college on my second day of class, freshman year… took a couple of months being friends and doing the college thing (beer pong :rolleyes1) and then got super serious, super fast. We’ve been together almost seven years, married for over 3. Last year he didn’t help in planning our trip at all. This year he has already looked at menus. His only requests are good food and good beer (he doesn’t drink very often, but loves a good cold one on vacation)! He wants to eat at Biergarten again, but we’re trying lunch this time instead of dinner. He’s never been much of a Disney fan, favoring Bugs Bunny over Disney movies, and would really like to go to “that other amusement park in Orlando”. :confused3

    DD:turning 2 next month. I am devastated—she's growing up too fast. She is my princess!! She loves all things Disney—Nemo, Wookie and Bee (her names for Woody and Buzz), and Minnie and Mickey. Last year she was a little scared of the characters, but I’m hoping this year she’ll love them! She had a blast dancing at Biergarten, drinking frozen cokes and lemonade, and dancing in the water sprinklers at Epcot and Ariel's Grotto!

    What: Our 2nd Family Walt Disney World Vacation! We’re upgrading from Free Dining to Deluxe, (maybe) attending MNSSHP (it’s one of those things I can’t decide about) and spending some time enjoying the beginning of the Food & Wine Festival—we’re going to have lots of Snack credits to use! Yay!

    When: We’re going September 23, 2009- September 30, 2009—7 happy nights at the happiest place on Earth!

    Where: POP Century!! Last year we stayed at ASMusic, because when I booked the free dining, it was between Music and Sports. This year I can’t wait for Pop and the free frozen cokes and Goofy’s water sprinklers for DD! She’s going to love both!

    Why: Why? Because we love it! Ok, I love it and DD and DH are just along for the ride! This will be my second trip in about a year’s time. Before my last trip, I hadn’t been in almost a decade! I definitely want to make up for lost time!

    How: Lots of indecision and obsessive planning will lead us to our destination—The Happiest Place on Earth!

    Here's picture from our Sept. 08 trip... As soon as Photobucket starts cooperating :headache:, I'll upload some more

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  3. Cinderelly5507

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    Now, here comes the fun part to my planning—where the indecision and obsession really comes into play—the ADRs! As I’ve mentioned, we’ve decided to upgrade from Free Dining to Deluxe Dining. While I’m convinced it will be too much food, the regular Dining was not enough last year for DH. I would starve at Disney—to get more time out of the parks, but DH and DD require some fuel. Here are the places I’m leaning towards at the moment, if possible. Of course I’m indecisive and these may change, but right now I’m feeling pretty good about them. I just wish Disney would release Sept. park hours soon!

    Since I’m without hours, and not really sure which day we’ll be at which park, these are the meals and restaurants I’m hoping for:

    Breakfast Must-Dos
    Crystal Palace- A repeat from last year—food is pretty decent, good character interaction, and a great way to see MK before opening. This will be hopefully be scheduled on a MK non-EMH day!
    Kona Café- This is new for us. I must try the Tonga Toast AND Macadamia nut pancakes… I’ve decided I’ll order the Tonga Toast and DH can order the Big Kahuna—now I’m not only planning where to eat, but what he’s going to eat! Haha j/k—a little anyways!
    Donald’s Breakfast at Tusker House- This is new for us too. Food looks decent and we’re likely only to do a ½ day at AK so this will (hopefully) get us there bright and early!

    Lunch Must-Do’s
    The Plaza- We haven’t eaten here before, but we are the burgers and fries type of people. We really didn’t care for many of the CS food, so this is a step above (I’m hoping)
    Biergarten- DH’s only specific restaurant request, so I’ll honor it… Besides, DD loved dancing here last time. Does the band play at lunch times too??? I really hope so!
    Sci Fi or 50s PTC- One of these is a must-do! We had 50s last year, and I will be stopping in to get a PB&J shake at the Tune-In Lounge anyway, but we’re leaning towards Sci-Fi. DH actually wants to try that instead.

    Dinner Must-Do’s
    Tutto Italia- All three of us love our pastas! We had an ADR here in Sept. but I became sick and we had to cancel it! :sad2:
    Le Cellier- I want to get DH a great steak and this seems to have great reviews. I hope we can get it!
    ‘Ohana- I really think DH would like the skewers of meat!

    Alternatives/Maybe Do’s
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    Chefs de France- (Dinner)DH wants to try it, I’m still undecided.
    Narcoossee’s- I’m still unsure about taking DD to a signature dinner, but I love some good seafood! Also, not sure I want to deal with 2 – 2 ½ hours for dinner—that’s cutting away my park time!
    Mickey’s BBQ (must be a Thursday or Saturday)- I really think DD would enjoy this!!! I don’t mind spending the 2TS, but again, it cuts into my park time-haha
    CRT-(breakfast) I would love to eat in the Castle. My first experience at Disney was as a bratty 13 year old. Also, MK is really lacking on the TS food options! Since we’re upgrading to DxDP, the 2TS isn’t really an issue, but I just can’t decide if I should do it or not… DD really isn’t into princesses, and I think I’ll feel a little guilty taking a ressie away from a potential princess-lover. However, we have to eat somewhere! (See, indecisive!!!)
    Mama Melrose (maybe Fantasmic package) (L or D)- DH picked this and Sci-Fi for our DHS days. We’ll probably stick with it since Hollywood BD doesn’t look too great, especially for a 2TS!
    ‘OHana’s (B)- I really don’t like Lilo & Stitch… Just not my cup ‘o tea, but again, MK is really lacking in the food, so we’d like to do this before a MK morning.
    Chef Mickey’s (B)- Last year, we did this for lunch during free dining. I wasn’t overly impressed, but again, we just need some breakfast ideas.
    The Wave (B or D)- it’s on the monorail, menu looks ok… we just need some good breakfast food, darnit!
    Liberty Tree Tavern (L or D)- it’s a TS in the MK
    San Angel Inn (L)- I’d like to try it here, DH—not so much
    Rose & Crown (L)- It would be a different type of food for us.
    Coral Reef (L)- Food sounds pretty good and DD would love the “Nemos” in the tanks!

    Any and all input would be really appreciated, especially if you've taken a little one along!
     
  4. NuttyDisneyMom

    NuttyDisneyMom Born and raised in WDW for 23 years:) Now we visi

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    Definately do Ohana and definately do CRT for breakfast! My mother and I took DD6 when she was 4 and she LOVED it! She's not into princesses either, but the whole experience of actually seeing the princesses and fairy godmother and doing the magical wish.....it was amazing for her too and she still talks about it to this day!:cutie: She wants to go again to CRT with her big sister this next trip, so we're goingDM and I had tears in our eyes the WHOLE time! If you like Italian, why not try Tony's in MK? Also, the Cape May Cafe character breakfast earns repeats and rave reviews from my best GF who it also a Disney nut. 1900 Park Fare gets decent reviews too and you get to see the Grand Floridian, which is absolutely beautiful!:love: Instead of Mama Melrose, do Hollywood and Vine instead at DHS. I've heard nothing but bad and seen nothing but bad about it all over these boards and thensome:scared: Also in AK...Flame Tree BBQ is supposed to awesome!:thumbsup2
    Here's some pics of CRT when we went in 2/07:
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    Doing the special wish...this is my favorite photo from that experience...
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  5. Cinderelly5507

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    Thank you so much for the suggestions and pictures! Your little girl is a doll!! Last year we tried Tony's for lunch and it was decent. I would go back, especially since they're aren't many choices in MK! I'm going to have to look at H&V's menu now--I don't think I even showed it to DH when he picked MM! And 1900 would give me an excuse to go to the GF! :rolleyes1 Thanks again!
     
  6. dallastxcpa

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    Hello,

    We will also be at POP Century September 22 - 28th. I have started a Pre - Trip report, but it is for two different trips and I haven't written the POP part yet.

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2157054

    We are thinking of some of the same things as you: MNSSHP, Food & Wine, and we may try the Fort Wilderness Segway adventure.
     
  7. dallastxcpa

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    May I suggest the Yachtsmen Steakhouse in place of Le Cellier. I think the steaks are far better at Yachtsmen and it is only a short walk from the international gateway. The only draw back: they don't have the wonderful cheddar cheese soup.

    I have eaten at Narcoosees several times and there have always been families with little ones. I think it will be fine. You could preview the menu prior to going and choose what your going to eat. Then let your server know that you don't want to spend too much time away from the park. I think you should be able to get out of there in less than 2 hours.
     
  8. Cinderelly5507

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    Thanks for the suggestions! I had thought about Yachtsman in place of/in addition to! DH would eat steak every day if he could! We had reservations there last Sept. but I decided to stick with the regular DDP instead of DxDP and it was one of the reservations I decided to cancel before we went. I've seen pictures and that has me thinking I might have made a mistake! :rolleyes1 That's a great idea about ordering at Narcoossee's! I already know I want the lobster or the surf and turf! :rotfl2:
     
  9. Mommy2LittleVols

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    We have a lot of the same picks, although I'm going to have to narrow mine down since we're just doing the DDP. But now I think I'm going to have to go see what the price difference would be to upgrade....:lmao:

    I wish they'd hurry up and release those darn park hours!!
     
  10. Cinderelly5507

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    When we went in Sept. we ended up paying OOP for a couple of meals, and DH didn't really care for any QS meal he had... so we decided to upgrade. I think it's 32/night per person. For us it was around $448 difference (2 peoplex$32/nightx7nights) and that includes a refillable mug per person! I'm excited about that for the frozen cokes for DD! She loved the frozen drinks in the park and they kept her busy!
     
  11. Cinderelly5507

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    Without park hours, this is a little difficult, but I have everything broken down into half days since we’ll be taking mid-day breaks and will probably go to a different park at night: Epcot 2 ½ days, MK 2 days (2 ½ if we get to Orlando at a decent time), AK ½ day, and DHS 1 day.
    Day 1:
    We plan to leave her house in west TN on Tuesday, Sept. 22nd and drive as far as DH can. He’ll be coming home from work that day, and it depends on how he’s feeling. Then, we’ll check into a hotel some where along the way for the night. Yahoo maps and my GPS say it takes around 13 ½ hours to get there, but we’ll be making a few stops for DD (and DH as he’s probably worse than a toddler in the car!:lmao:)
    Day 2:
    We’ll then wake up (hopefully) bright and early on Wed. Sept. 23rd (wherever we are)and drive the rest of the way to POP! We’ll check in and if time is good, we’ll head to MK. If not, we’ll relax at the resort—taking pics, swimming, or lounging around. I think DD will be ready to run though, after being in the car for that long. I want to grap our refillable mugs and take advantage of the frozen cokes! Dinner will be either at POP or probably Pecos Bills, unless we can get a walk-up ADR somewhere (which I don't see happening). I would like to hit the sack pretty early so that we can wake up for rope drop for one of our favorites…….
     
  12. inkedupmomma

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    HIIIII! I am here! Gonna go read and sub!
     
  13. Cinderelly5507

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    :wave2:Thanks for coming!!!
     
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    inkedupmomma If you live to be a 100, I hope to live to be 100

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    I hate that we were at the same resort for some of the same days last year and didn't know it, and this year will be missing each other by 2 days :(
     
  15. Cinderelly5507

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    We were last year? That stinks!! You sure you can't stay longer this year? :rotfl2:
     
  16. NuttyDisneyMom

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    I would suggest NOT going to a park the day you arrive at POP. You'll be soooo tired from the car. I would tak a dip in the pool to relax and then head to DTD for dinner:thumbsup2 There are some great choices out there! We ate at Trex last Saturday night and it was yummy! It is loud in there, so that may not be good for your little one:confused3 Fulton's looked like fun and I hear they have great seafood! Also Raglan Road smelled DELICIOUS!

    Can't wait to read more:goodvibes
     
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    Thanks! I thinks she's pretty cute myself:cutie::laughing: Here are some pics of the GF to get you even more excited!
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    The boys passed out in the lobby....they were waiting for us girls to get done with our afternoon tea...which was FABULOUS by the way:thumbsup2
     
  18. Cinderelly5507

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    Yeah, I don't see MK happening the first day, but if we get there early I might have to squeeze it in! :rotfl: That would be a nice time to go to DTD! I have it schedule for our last day, but we could do both! I don't think TRex or Fulton's are on the DDP. DH would probably really like Raglan Road though! I'll have to check that out! Thanks for the suggestions! :goodvibes

    OMG! The GF looks gorgeous!! One day, one day... haha Thanks for the pics. I think tea would be so much fun to do when DD gets older! I'm still really playing around with ADRs too! I want to be "flexible" (as much as I can) for when I get to make... I have lists upon lists with where we "have" to eat and then a lot of alternatives. I'm crazy!
     
  19. NuttyDisneyMom

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    We went to DTD 2 nights since it was so crowded and there is SO much to do! We ate at Planet Hollywood the other night and it was great! It is also loud in there tho!

    The afternoon tea was fabulous, but I agree your DD should be at least 5 or 6 before you take her so she can remember and enjoy it:) I took lots of pics of the food and tea setup there. I'll be posting them in my TR if you're interested and want to check them out;)

    We had a ton of ADR's too, cuz we love to eat our way through WDW! We can't wait to do it again in September!!!:yay:
     
  20. inkedupmomma

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    yes, we stayed at asmu last year sep 13- 22, we were in the broadway section! I would love to stay longer, but we are coming a couple days early!
     
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    Hey! I'm here. I want to see bigger pictures of you too. Your DD is just adorable! princess: I just now realized you started a PTR. Thanks for telling me...:rolleyes1 I'm kidding... :rotfl2:
     

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