Jan '11 PTR-Plane Tickets, Yet No Room Reservation: 1/31 update

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  1. disneydreamingdebby

    disneydreamingdebby DVC Member

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    DH texted me at 8:30 and said: Book it.

    Of course, member service opens at 9 (I think) and I have classes from 8:45 to 10:27. At 10:29, (my lunch) I was on the phone with Member Services...the CM who helped me was fantastic, but she had the voice of a princess. I had difficulty understanding her.

    For our dates, the only resort that had all of our nights was SSR for 69 points. I hated using that many points! OKW would only be 56 points. So I looked into a split stay...I know, I am nuts.

    Most of the resorts had days in the middle of our stay...but

    For our first two nights, we have a Savannah view at Jambo. For our next three, we have a room at OKW. This totalled 64 points.

    I am excited...I would have been excited no matter what. We love AKV, and I think it will be cool to stay in a savannah view. Also, I like that we can check out OKW before commiting our summer vacation there. (We wanted to try it this summer.)

    Regardless, we will be in Disney!!!!:banana: :banana: :banana:
     
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  3. TinkerbellLuvr7

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    CONGRATS ON FINALLY HAVING A PLACE TO SLEEP!!!

    Are you pretty much set on what you've booked or are you going to be put on a waiting list?? I know my friend wait listed her Disneymoon because they wanted BLT and were wait listed but they ended up just doing 6 nights at AKL and the last night at WL. Split stays are not uncommon. We're doing a split stay next week because our first night isn't free dining but the free dining begins on the next day. I know of people who split all the time. It's easier if you have a car of course but you can do it without too!
     
  4. mgsmom

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    Sounds awesome!!! I agree - no matter what you will be in Disney! And hey, you never know. I heard very mixed reviews about FW and the size and quality of stay there and such-and-so. Turns out we loved it and haven't even thought about staying anywhere else!!

    I can't wait to hear more planning now! So, does OKW not have a counter service? I guess you guys will just have to eat in the parks - which you mostly do anyway right? How does that change the refillable mug situation?
     
  5. disneydreamingdebby

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    Totally knew your first choice :thumbsup2...Maybe next winter? The points are very high for VWL, though!

    I think I am going to stick with it; it is a bit complicated point wise. If I choose something that is less points, we lose points. We did a split stay at AKV, BCV, and BWV over the summer. Moving wasn't a problem, but I totally overpacked and that bothered me.

    I hope to get back to planning soon. I am swamped with school work! I worked from 4 to 11 at my dining room table last night with about 30 min for dinner. I have an additional class temporarily to help out while a colleague is out.
     
  6. disneydreamingdebby

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    On with the planning, but first a mini trip report around Phila....

    Yesterday, my mom, cousins (32, 16, and 14) and I had a girls' day! We went to Philadelphia and as my cousin told me "Disney did us well" because I had a tour plan for the entire day...

    First, we headed to the Cleopatra exhibit at the Franklin Institute. It was wonderful, but quite overwhelming as far as information goes. I really want to get a book about Cleopatra now.

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    Cleopatra and Caesar's son: Caesarion
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    After Cleopatra and some exploration around Franklin Institute, we went to Reading Terminal Market for lunch. Of course, I had to ensure that I had food porn. (I can't remember what everything was though!)

    My lunch: Chix Caprese - mediterranean
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    My cousin's lunch: Middle Eastern - hummus, etc.
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    I found a hidden Mickey...

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    We then, briskly walked to the Comcast Center for their Christmas Show. It is a "movie" on the wall in their lobby. It begins with light bulbs dancing to the music. People pop up on the screen who look real throughout the change of the scenes. At one point, it was like Soarin through Phila. We went through a snow scene from the perspective that we were in a sleigh. It was amazing technology. Throughout the day, I was switching between my coolpix and using my dad's iphone (it is my mom's now, but she only uses it to play words with friends...). I am hoping that Verizon releases the iPhone in Jan like rumored for years! I had practice with it most of the day, but at the Comcast Center, I just wanted to enjoy the experience. No pictures.

    After this, we headed to the restroom and saw a jewelry store that had a Pandora display. My mom decided to buy each of us a charm to celebrate the day.(My mom paid for the entire day for us already. She is a wonderful mom and aunt.) We picked the sleigh (Christmas time and because of our next adventure.)

    All of us with our bracelets; my mom wasn't wearing hers, so we had her hold the display cupcake!
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    After putting our charms on our bracelets, I received the call that our shuttle would arrive in 3 to 5 minutes. We walked out and met Kevin, our driver, and he took us to our horse drawn carriage in front of the Liberty Bell. We headed out for our one hour tour of the city. (It was quite cold, but interesting enough to not mind the cold.)

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    Independence Hall - Did they get this idea from Disney?
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    The signer...but with American Idol popularity affectionately known as the singer...
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    I didn't take too many pictures...it was cold...my theme was to take shots of some watering holes to take my beer snob DH to.

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    I can't recommend this company highly enough. The reservation included the shuttle to and from different locations in the city, and for five people for an hour, it was $120. It would have been $100 if we didn't reserve a time. Philly Trolley Works: http://www.phillytour.com/

    After our ride, we visited the Liberty Bell (to stay warm while waiting for our shuttle). We'd all visited it multiple times throughout our lives except my one cousin, so it was good for her to see it.

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    Next stop was Macy's for the Light Show and the Dickens Village. We sat in front of the railing on the third floor and waited 30 minutes. People stood behind us, and we hoped they'd be able to see when we stood up. It made me consider the parade dilemma. We couldn't stay seated at the rail because the spindles blocked our view, and we were waiting there much longer than the others.

    After a few minutes, my cousin and I decided we would rather see the Dickens Village before the crowd moved there. The light show was cool, but pretty low tech. We couldn't hear the music or narration well, which was probably the biggest reason we only watched part of the show. Still, I would recommend it, but sit on the red carpet on the first floor.

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    Dicken's Village was cool. It was The Christmas Carol brought to life. It was well done with attention to detail just like in Disney rides.

    After Macy's we headed back to Reading terminal to pick up some desserts before heading home.

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    We headed home and watched Knight and Day. My cousins all stayed at my mom's house, and I headed home.

    It was a great day!
     
  7. NikkiLovesWDW!

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    Hey!! So glad you posted on my TR about your NEW PTR or I never would've known you are going back again so soon!!! Jealous!!!!

    Your description of your day out in Philly had me laughing at many points! I don't know if I said this in my TR or not about my day out in NYC, but the opening scene of the Radio Christmas Show is like Soarin' over New York!! How funny that you thought the same about your show! It is amazing that our minds ALWAYS go to Disney! That's why I laughed at your Hidden Mickey cupcakes and the facades on the construction....I totally would've related those to Disney too!

    So excited for you next trip and can't believe it's so soon! Hope the girls are doing well!
     
  8. mgsmom

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    What a fun day! I have never spent time in Philadelphia - now I know what to do when I get there!
    Lovin' the hidden mickeys - :rotfl:
     
  9. disneydreamingdebby

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    We are quite sick with all of the Disney connections, aren't we? I keep them to myself though. I have to share here because my family and friends do think I am crazy!

    The girls are well. Third grade is very different from second, but they have adjusted without a snag. Me, on the other hand... What grade are you teaching this year?

    The trip is coming so quickly; I really better get planning!

    We don't live far -20/25 minutes if no traffic. I take the girls to the zoo several times a year, and sometimes hit the Franklin Institute or Natural History Museum, but really we aren't city oriented so we don't take full advantage of its proximity.

    If you do visit, please let me know!

    So back to our programming...
     
  10. disneydreamingdebby

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    So I am sitting here pondering...should I try to see if another resort is available??? Grrr... Disney, why have so many tempting options?

    I decided that it is in our best interest to stick with AKV and try OKW now. If we don't love it, we can stay somewhere else this summer; if we do love it, we can stay there again! I did call to see if the Hosp. House was available for our stay...it wasn't when I booked, so I requested (I think) building 15, which Unofficial Guide reports as being near to HH.

    So, only two of our nights were available for the guarenteed HH. I declined. I can always try again later.

    Departure Day/ Arrival: This will be nothing short of exciting for us because we will be back at Disney. However, it is too late to go to any parks!

    DH and I will pick up our daughters from the bus stop and say, "You've just finished school, what are you going to do now?" or something corny like that. hehe...We'll take them home, put away the school stuff, eat a snack, and load the car.

    We will drive to my FIL 's house - about 25 minutes from our house and about 20min from the airport- in order to have him shuttle us in our van. So, airport arrival should be around 5:30. After we get through security, we can grab a bite to eat.

    Our flight leaves Philadelphia at 6:40 with a scheduled landing at 9:40. (I anticipate that we should arrive by 9:10... it is only a 2-1/2 hour flight.)

    Since Magical Express doesn't take care of luggage after 10pm arrivals, I really hope that we do arrive early and not late!

    Once we get to AKV, we will float to our room and maybe take in some animal viewing before hitting the sack.
     
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    DH and I figure that if we share meals, the quick serve plan might cover all of our food for the trip. We plan on sharing meals with the girls and making the credits last. We are going to avoid using the credits for kid's meals. The credits are designated so we can order adult meals for our girls.
     
  12. disneydreamingdebby

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    I forgot; DH or myself will run down to Mara with the refillable mug to get creamer for our am coffee brewed in our room.

    Day 1 - Early Magic Hours at Magic Kingdom

    Breakfast - Mara opens for hot meals at 7.

    For breakfast we will order two Breakfast Bounty Platters - scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, Mickey waffle, biscuit $8.29 for the four of us to share. If it isn't enough, we'll grab something else too.

    After breakfast, we will head over to the bus stop for our MK bus.

    We will spend our morning and afternoon at MK. I am thinking Pecos Bills for lunch. I think we can spilt meals there... depending on DDs preferences, we can get a chix wrap and a deluxe Angus burger (fixins on the side).

    The evening plans have us traveling to Hollywood Studios for Fantasmic.
    We will hop on the monorail to the Contemporary...

    (which makes me question, should I call and see if BLT is available--DH said, doesn't hurt...) I will put this on the to do list. I'll call and see; member services is closed now.

    At the contemporary, we'll grab a DHS bus. Once walking through the wonderful DHS streets, we can grab something to eat, head into Fantasmic and eat while we wait for the show! If we stuck with the plan earlier and shared, we will have four more counter credits to use.
     
  13. mgsmom

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    Oh, I'm so jealous! You're already planning food and everything! You are going to have SO much fun! I hope the weather warms back up a little bit for you!
     
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    Thank you for reading. This pre-trip report is proving difficult to write. With Christmas, I have other ares to focus on than counting the days to Disney!
     
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    :goodvibesThank goodness for the Dis! I just read a thread about Magical Express and realized that I didn't book it! Yikes!

    I just went to the DVC Member website and completed my two requests: one to arrive at Jambo and the other to depart OKW...the site told me that 42 days out is when your papers and tags will arrive; if you book with less time, they will be sent asap.

    I am not sure what happens if I am able to change our reservation to Bay Lake, but I am sure arrangements can be made. :goodvibes

    I will have to try again this week to see if anyone has cancelled a reservation.

    My girlfriend informed me that her cousin (who lives in the area) had a terrible bedbug infestation. So, now I am panicked about bringing them home again... I know what to look for, so I will be checking our rooms very carefully. I wonder if I can request that they put our luggage in the bathtub when we switch to OKW...we will be in the park while our luggage is transferred.
     
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    good move on the bed bug issue! Our night 1 at POP, we got to the room and lifted the sheets and saw bugs in the fold of the mattress. After a fight from the manager who clamined his rooms are clean and inspected gave us a room in the furthest building in the last room of the building. It was for one night before going to WL so it wasn't bad but the level of customer service was horrible. Needless to say POP will be getting a letter and I was glad to recieve nothing but the best of service from WL which we've always gotten from POP so it's a sad disappointment!

    Glad to hear you know what to look for!
     
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    Hang in there Debby - enjoy your holiday too!
     
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    Sorry that management wasn't helpful. Ugh. Were you panicked about bringing them home?

    I think I am going to make DH go somewhere with the girls while I go in the room. I am now fearful of any making their way on my clothes and traveling with me. (I really thought that the alarmist in me was safely suppressed.) :scared1:

    Thanks Wendy. My family and I are doing well. I didn't mean to make it sound otherwise. (I do know that Christmas Eve and Day are going to be difficult.:upsidedow)

    On the positive side though: really, I am headed to Disney after Christmas ,and I am struggling to find the mojo for a PTR...woe is me... :rotfl2:
     
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    You did not sound otherwise - I just know how stressful this time of year can be and when you add in everything else it is even harder :hug: Yes, you are headed to DISNEY!!! Lucky you!
     
  20. disneydreamingdebby

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    None of the parks is open before 9 am. (quick grammar lesson: is/ are -either is correct in the sentence, but I wanted to emphasize that not a one is open...;))

    I have Animal Kingdom as our park of choice. Bummer, I was hoping to skip on over to Captain Cooks for some Tonga Toast... Nope, not happening. We are changing resorts to OKW this day, so AK is the logical park to go to.

    Breakfast... we have to eat before the park (my crew are early risers and will not lose park time to eating - at least not at this hour.)

    I suppose we will again split the breakfast options at Mara provided they were delicious the first time, which I am sure they will be.

    AK for lunch - since we enjoyed Yak and Yeti for dinner over the summer, I think their counter service is a great choice for lunch.

    One order of Honey Chix, please...maybe Sweet and Sour Chix as our choice or maybe (2) Honey Chix...depending on weather either two frozen lemonades or two chocolate cakes. One water and one sprite...DH can order a beer.


    After more touring of AK, it will be time to go check out our new place at OKW. (Maybe I will head over first to check in and check out the mattress...) After settling briefly in OKW - maybe napping, we will head over to Epcot for the evening - extra magic hours!

    Epcot dinner choices- wow! How will I decide this??? (with a little help from All Ears Menu, of course!!)

    Option #1 - Sunshine Seasons - (2) Rotisserie Chix with two sides sounds good to split for four. Let the girls pick their desserts as a reward for not complaining about the chix? hehe

    Option #2 - La Cantina de San Angel Counter
    Empanadas de Queso and Tacos de Carne sound delish (can we manage to head over to WS on this evening?) I did choose the restaurant on the outer circle...

    Late night snack - Whatever the two eight year olds' hearts desire!

    Opinions? popcorn::
     
  21. Queenofallthings

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    Debby, I don't know how I missed this???:confused3

    Oh well, I'm here now and so excited for you guys!! Cannot wait to hear as everything continues to unfold!!
     

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