It's going to be a long winter... time to head to the world! A January 2013 PTR

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by DisneyLifer87, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. DisneyLifer87

    DisneyLifer87 DIS Veteran

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    Welcome to another PTR :woohoo:

    This is my second PTR and it will hopefully lead into my second TR ever here on the DIS. For those of you coming over from my TR you will notice that I finally completed it! :thumbsup2 I'm so happy I committed myself through until the end! This PTR will be similar to ones I have written in the past, but unfortunately I do not remember how to make links in my table of contents. I'll work on figuring that out later down the road. Let's move on the important stuff...

    Cast of Characters

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    Me: Known as Lifer here on the DIS, but you may call me Meagan (or Meg)! I'm a 25 year old sales representative for Verizon Wireless. I am also a graduate student working towards a 5-12 teaching license in English Literature and Master's degree in Teaching. :sad2: I sometimes feel like I have bitten off more than I can chew. I'm sure we'll touch more on this later in the PTR. As for Disney, I have made countless trips as a child and this will be my fourth with DH. My favorite characters are Tinker Bell and Belle. I love to obsessively plan every trip detail and then disregard those plans when I'm in the parks. But... whatever keeps me sane!

    DH (also known as Matt): 24 year old who is currently on a temporary position working for a company that manufacturer's eye glass lenses. We are hoping that by the time we leave he will be hired and not a temp - really hoping for pixie dust there. DH hates planning for Disney and likes to act like he hates going entirely. As the time draws closer, he gets more involved and enjoys the idea. His favorite character is Mickey, though he prefers Sorcerer Mickey or Steam Boat Willie.

    Our "fur-babies"
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    Simba (buff color) and Alex (black/white): Our babies are of the feline variety and they're enough energy to keep us on our toes. Simba has been in my life for 18 years and he's still hanging in there. Alex is our newest addition to the family. He is currently 6 months old. While these two will not be joining us on the trip, they are a big part of our lives and wanted to say hello.

    .... now to drop the mood a little...

    Simba had a sister, Nala, who was also 18 and was birthed from the same litter. Our little Nala bug suffered from hyperthyroidism and lymphoma. We did all that we could to make her last days enjoyable, but sadly we had to say goodbye to our baby in May 2012. :sad1: We still both cry thinking of the hole that was left when Nala passed, but we know that our decision was the right one and she never had to feel the pain of her cancer in full. Simba was a bit distraught to lose his companion. After two months of him being lethargic and antisocial, we broke down and adopted Alex. They've been great friends ever since and we couldn't be more thrilled to have two boys in our lives. However, our heart will always be with little Nala.
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    Well that's all I have for introductions! Thanks for listening and joining in. It should be quite the fun ride between now and January!

     
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  3. DisneyLifer87

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    Subbing! Your fur babies are so precious. I am a huge cat fan and so sorry about Nala, but it sounds like she lived a great life. I am pretty amazed that Nala's brother was so accepting of a new cat at the age of 18. That is wonderful.

    Looking forward to more.
     
  5. shalom

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    Our golden tabby and little tuxedo kitty used to snuggle like that, too. However, our tabby is much younger than yours, and he and the kitten used the chase each other around, both with their tails in that straight-up-and-forward position with identical crooks at the tip. :teeth: Our golden tabby is Timothy (the timid), and we have three of his siblings as well. :eek:

    Sorry to hear about Nala. :sad1: But it sounds like she had a good, long life with you. :)

    We're going to WDW in January, too! :thumbsup2 There are a few more of us, however -- myself, hubby, and our five kids. :rolleyes1 And for everyone but myself and middle daughter, it'll be the first time in any of the Disney parks! :cool1:
     
  6. shalom

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    Bearcatsfan did a little tutorial on that on my Pretrip Report thread. It sounds confusing, but when I went to try it, made perfect sense! :)

    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=45704344&postcount=10
     
  7. TMGosizk

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    Following along!

    Your cats are adorable and your story of Nala about brought me to tears. I've had dogs all my life, and have had to go through the pain of losing two of them. They're definitely part of the family!

    Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your PTR!
     
  8. DisneyLifer87

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    :cheer2: Welcome! We were pretty amazed, too. Granted they don't snuggle as often because Simba needs to be passed out first to allow it to happen. They're buddies, but I think Alex gets on his nerves a little more than is necessary :upsidedow

    :cool1: Thank you so much for that and welcome! Yay for January goers!

    :welcome: They are our family members and though some may not understand it, they're treated like that even when they pass. Thanks for joining in!
     
  9. DisneyLifer87

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    The Plan!...(well, at least for now)

    We are almost completely set in stone on our basic plans. I'm still working on park days and I'll try to get a full itinerary up at some point, but the basic ideas:

    When? January 19th - 26th (Saturday to Saturday) 8 days, 7 nights
    Flying? Delta Airlines which we snagged for a nice $560 roundtrip total.
    Where? Disney's Pop Century Resort in a Preferred Room. We were originally booked for the Art of Animation Little Mermaid wing, but this changed when the Disney Visa discount came out yesterday and inspired me to swap for a discount - yeah, they really pulled my leg there.... :p
    We will be taking some time to wander on over the Hourglass Lake to check out this resort though. I don't feel as if we're missing too much seeing as how the Little Mermaid wing was the former "haunted hotel" left to rot in the early days.
    Extras? Park Hopper tickets for 7 days and the DDP

    Originally I had planned to get park tickets through work since we have a fairly decent discount. These tickets would have included water park access, but then the DV discount offered a package deal with park tickets and the dining plan. DH and I debated the DDP this year, but figured we'd never beat it... but we'd break even so the convenience made it worthwhile. The discount, however, makes it WAY worthwhile (saving $150?!) so we will be beating it this year. Needless to say, the discount booking was cheaper than my work tickets, so we will not be attending any water parks this time around. DH and I aren't really water park people to begin with, so that's quite alright by us. Originally rack rates put us at $2400 (rounded) and the discount has brought us to $2000. Can't complain :goodvibes

     
  10. shalom

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    I'm pretty sure pestering older cats a bit is a kittenish responsibility. ;) Or at least every young cat I've ever known seemed to think it was in the contract! :cat:

    Yikes! Middle daughter just flew out to Atlanta and back on Delta -- both flights seriously delayed. :crazy2: Hope they do better with your location to Orlando!

    A lot of people are raving about the AoA resort, but I gotta say I like the look of Pop better. Going on the pics, AoA has a much more "industrial" feel to me. :confused3 We're probably going to hit the Pop for some tie-dyed cheesecake when we're out, so if we get ambitious we'll wander over to AoA and see what we think. Assuming we feel that ambitious after all the walking we'll be doing in the parks! :p We've never tried for this many park days before -- we tend to go for more laid back vacations, could be interesting. :scared:
     
  11. Joeyobryan

    Joeyobryan Earning My Ears

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    Can anyone tell me how airline discounts work towards park tickets or towards anything lol
     
  12. Breagh

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    Following along! Myself & 3 of my really great friends are headed to the World in August of 2013, & I can't wait! I've been reading along with a bunch of 2013 PTRs. Also, your fur babies are absolutely gorgeous & so sorry to hear about Nala :(

    Can't wait for some more updates from you :)
     
  13. OhioDisneyLover

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    I'm in.

    Your fur babies are so cute. I have 4 of them myself. :)

    We are checking into Pop the day you check out.

    Can't wait to hear the rest of your plans.
     
  14. DisneyLifer87

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    :cheer2: Welcome to both of you!
     
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    Called a CM today after waiting on hold for over an hour. I looked at our confirmation email and it appeared we didn't have a preferred room booked at POP, so I needed to change that out. The CM was super nice and then threw in a "Hey... did you know that you can actually add the water park access to your tickets for only $41?" So I guess we're going to the water parks this year after all.

    For any code watchers, we did the Stay/Play/Dine discount with Disney Visa (though it's public now):

    Pop Century, Preferred Room (7 nights, 8 days)
    7-day MYW Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park, Fun, & more
    Disney Dining Plan (1 TS, 1 CS, 1 Snack)

    Total price: $2059.20
     
  16. DisneyLifer87

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    :thumbsup2 Our trip is 100% paid off!

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    The dailies at a glance!

    Day One (1/19/13):
    (Morning) Finishing up some last minute packing and cleaning the house
    (Lunch) At Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport
    (Afternoon) Delta flight 1:00pm arriving in Orlando at 5:15pm
    (Dinner) Downtown Disney - Earl of Sandwich or Wolfgang Puck Express
    (Evening) DisneyQuest

    Day Two (1/20/13)
    (Morning Park) Animal Kingdom
    (Lunch) In park
    (Evening Park) Epcot
    (Dinner ADR) Le Cellier Steakhouse 7:00pm

    Day Three (1/21/13)
    (Morning Park) Disney's Hollywood Studios
    (Lunch) In park
    (Evening Park) Disney's Hollywood Studios
    (Dinner ADR) 50's Prime Time Cafe 5:45pm

    Day Four (1/22/13)
    (Morning Park) Epcot
    (Lunch) In park
    (Evening Park) Epcot
    (Dinner ADR) Coral Reef 6:20pm

    Day Five (1/23/13)
    (Morning Park) Typhoon Lagoon
    (Lunch) At resort
    (Evening Park) Magic Kingdom
    (Dinner ADR) Ohana 6:55pm

    Day Six (1/24/13)
    (Morning Park) Magic Kingdom
    (Lunch) In park
    (Evening Park) Magic Kingdom
    (Dinner ADR) Be Our Guest 5:35pm

    Day Seven (1/25/13)
    (Morning Park) Disney's Hollywood Studios
    (Lunch) In park
    (Evening Park) Epcot
    (Dinner ADR) Rose and Crown 6:30pm

    Day Eight (1/26/13)
    (Morning) Delta flight 10:00am arriving in Minnesota at 12:30pm
     
  18. TinkerbellM6

    TinkerbellM6 Almost there....

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    Subbing! We are going to be staying at the Pop from 2/26-3/4 on the S/P/D package as well. It will be my son's (16 mos at time of trip) first trip and daughter's (almost 6) 2nd trip although she was 1 when we went and she doesn't remember. We are totally surprising her the morning we leave and not telling her beforehand! I am an absolute Disney NUT so I am totally excited!!! I am enjoying your TR/PTR!!! :thumbsup2
     
  19. shalom

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    :cool1:

    Wish I could say the same. :rotfl: We're still hoping to get some Y.E.S. tickets, and the dates aren't out yet. *sigh* And we're not doing the dining plan, although I have some gift cards and the like to cover a lot of that.

    Six days straight in the parks? :eek: With Park Hopping? :faint: Better you than me -- we have two park days in a row at one point, and I'm already groaning at the thought of getting up that second morning. :p We like to space our park days with serious down time. ;)
     
  20. DisneyLifer87

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    That is so awesome! DH and I can't wait to have kids and do this to them as well. How magical, thanks for popping in! :goodvibes

    We frequently do multiple park days with little problem. The water park is very much replaceable though weather dependent. :wizard: Welcome!
     
  21. DisneyLifer87

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    Apologies for the long absence - I'm currently a full-time student in addition to being full-time at work. With the holidays coming up, it's safe to assume I'll be fairly sporadic with a hectic work schedule. The trip planning is pretty quiet at the moment as we play the waiting game. We did change some dining plans and I have a little information to update in regards to detailed daily plans. I will work on getting that out in the next few days. Thanks for sticking with me.
     

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