January 2013

Discussion in 'Countdowns and Live Reports' started by letthewookiewin, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. letthewookiewin

    letthewookiewin <font color=blue>"That's 'cause droids don't pull

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    The hubby called earlier and we were talking about it. When he called it the poop view, I said, "Food doesn't have calories at WDW, and animals don't poop."
     
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  3. crazy4tig

    crazy4tig Mouseketeer

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    I was booked for Jan 16-28 but have changed my dates to Jan 26-feb 6. Thanks... So excited its right around the corner!!
     
  4. mickeyplanner

    mickeyplanner DIS Veteran

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    Did you bring binoculars or were they in the room for you to use? We willl be staying at AKV Kidani for part of of January stay. That might be a good christmas gift idea if we need them.
     
  5. loveshak22

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    That's good to know since we'll be on the dXDDP this time!! :lmao:
     
  6. loveshak22

    loveshak22 DIS Veteran

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    Great pics!! But I don't see any animails...did you see a lot from your balcony during your trip?
     
  7. letthewookiewin

    letthewookiewin <font color=blue>"That's 'cause droids don't pull

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    I tried updating from my phone, but I'm having trouble with making it do that. As soon as I get home, I'll update you.
     
  8. letthewookiewin

    letthewookiewin <font color=blue>"That's 'cause droids don't pull

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    We did the DlxDDP on our last trip. I loved it, but the DH thought we spent too much time on meals. Either making sure we weren't late, waiting at the restaurant to be seated, or eating. We only had 2 ADRs a day.
     
  9. loveshak22

    loveshak22 DIS Veteran

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    Well I'd probably be on your side if I got a vote in your family :lmao: Although we've never done the dXDDP so we'll see after our next trip how we feel!

    We only have 2 ADRs a day as well and I tried to book places covenient to where we are going to be and it's just me and my DH so we usually can get through everything we want to see pretty quick and our dinner ADRs are later, mostly after all the parks close. So...we'll see how it goes! If I could just get that BoG ADR and I'd be ecstatic!!!!
     
  10. eeyoreland

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    No binoculars in the room, but the times we stayed, I didn't feel like we needed them.
     
  11. letthewookiewin

    letthewookiewin <font color=blue>"That's 'cause droids don't pull

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    Updated:thumbsup2

    I finally got home and was able to get to my laptop. I knew I should have taken it with me this morning. We had several recalls for my minivan, that I needed to get taken care of. They told me when I dropped it off this morning just before 10 AM, that it wouldn't take more than half the day-max. About 3:30, I called and they promised it would be done today. Then at 5:15, I called and they said they really needed to keep it overnight to get it done. They had to track down some parts and it took longer than usual. Plus they were swamped tonight.
     
  12. mickeyplanner

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    Did your DD enjoy having the binoculars? Maybe if I can pick up a cheap pair, the kids might get a kick out of having thme.
     
  13. loveshak22

    loveshak22 DIS Veteran

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    I LOVE the spreadsheet!! :love:

    Here are some thoughts but obviously take them or leave them :lmao:

    On Friday I see that you have an ADR for Kona cafe. I'd suggest switching your Thursday Boma ADR with the Kona Cafe ADR. That way on Thursday you are at MK so you can hop on the monorail to Poly easy! Or if you could get Ohana for dinner at around 7:15 you could head there from MK and ask for a table to see Wishes. While it's not guaranteed they will try to accomodate. Then you could watch Wishes from Ohana and then walk down to the Beach afterwards and watch the water parade at 9:00.

    On Friday you are going from AK to hotel to Poly to Epcot. While you can hop on the monorail to Epcot from Poly you could always move your hotel break up later on this day and do AK then hotel where you eat dinner at Boma and then to Epcot. I think it might make it a smoother day and you'll have had Kona on Monday (unless you switch to Ohana).

    On Saturday if you get an earlier CM then you could save some time without having to take the bus from HS and then back. That'll probably be more than an hour. I don't think you'll make it back to HS that morning because the ADR is 10:45. You'll have to leave HS by 10:00ish then with a 10:45 ADR assuming an hour to eat that's 11:45 and then another 30 minutes back to HS. At that point you could probably just walk over to MK from the Contemporary and take the bus back to AKL for the afternoon break.

    Have you looked at the menu at Sanaa? If it sounds appealing to you then you might want to switch it out for one of your breakfast Boma ADRs to a lunch or dinner Sanaa. It's supposed to be really good from the reviews and at Sanaa you have a view of the Savannah. While Boma also has great reviews it doesn't have a view of the Savannah and you've got it down 3 times so you might want something new.

    Again, just ideas that may or may not fit into your plan!!!
     
  14. loveshak22

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    Alright - so here are our plans if anyone has suggestions!! It'll just be me and my DH so you can probably tell it's adult oriented!

    Saturday, January 26th we arrive at MCO then hang out with my brother who lives in FL until Tuesday morning. Then we head to WDW!

    Tuesday, January 29th:
    Arrive at AKL with 12:00 lunch at Sanaa
    Explore the hotel and see about an early check-in
    Sit on the balcony and enjoy the view
    6:00 leave for Poly
    6:55 dinner at Ohana (am trying to get this closer to 7:30 but no luck so far) with a request to have a table to see Wishes
    9:00 watch the water parade from the beach

    Wednesday, January 30:
    8:35 a.m. ADR at CP
    Day at MK with a QS if needed or snacks
    7:35 p.m. ADR at WCC (although this is a placeholder until I can get BoG ;)

    Thursday, January 31:
    Very light QS breakfast at hotel
    Day at Epcot
    12:00 p.m. at Rose and Crown
    7:10 p.m. at Le Cellier
    9:00 Illuminations!

    Friday, February 1:
    Very light QS breakfast at hotel
    Day at HS
    12:50 p.m. ADR at Sci-Fi
    Fantasmic!
    8:50 p.m. ADR at Artist Pointe (we may drive to HS this day?)

    Saturday, February 2:
    9:00 a.m. ADR at Boma
    Day at AK
    7:15 p.m. ADR at Jiko (am considering pushing this back since AK is open until 7:00 but I feel like 10:30 - 6:00 is plenty enough time at AK? Thoughts?)

    Sunday, February 3:
    QS breakfast at hotel
    Drive to MCO and head home :sad1:

    We'll probably do a night at DTD but really plan most nights to have down time in the hotel. They have a spot where they have night vision goggles for guests to use so I'm excited to try that one night!
     
  15. Chocolab23

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    Sounds like an awesome plan:thumbsup2
     
  16. loveshak22

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    Thanks :goodvibes

    My DH couldn't care less about what I plan (he just tags along for the fun!) so it's good to get some feedback where I can!
     
  17. DaveinFallsChurch

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    Looks great! A few thoughts as noted below. Hope this helps! :goodvibes

     
  18. loveshak22

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    Thanks for the suggestions!!!

    Wishes is at 8pm this day, right? I think your 6:55pm ADR will work out well for viewing Wishes during dinner. It took us a good hour to finish our meal and depending on how crowded it is, you may actually get seated a few minutes past your ADR time

    This makes me feel better! Wishes is 8:00 and I guess I was worried if we got seated right at 6:55 that we'd get done quick...but you're right that we'll probably be seated later than our ADR so it should be perfect timing. And even though the service is quick and even if we get seated right at 6:55 (again, doubtful at 'Ohana) then we'll probably be finishing right when Wishes starts and it's not like they'll try to kick us out! Now I'll stop looking for any new ADRs for 'Ohana and keep what we have!

    Wasn't sure if this was your first trip to WDW or not. But if it is, I would highly recommend giving Wishes a try inside MK. As much as I enjoyed watching Wishes from Poly beach, it still doesn't have the same effect as watching it in front of the Castle.

    It's not my first trip but it's been a long time since I've watched the fireworks in the park. I typically try to head out before the crowds form. But it's only my DH's second trip and we didn't watch the fireworks from the park last time so maybe we'll do that this time! We won't be in any hurry so we'll have to try it this time!

    It depends on what's on your to-do list for AK. If you want to catch all three shows and the parade in addition to the headliner rides, it may not be enough time. If you're seeing two shows and the parade, you should be fine.

    Probably the parade and one show so it sounds like this is good!

    Now I've just got to get that BoG ADR and we're set!!! If I can get an 8:30 ADR that'd be perfect...we can watch Wishes and head over for dinner!

    Thanks again!
     
  19. DaveinFallsChurch

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    Ohana is one restaurant where you can really control the pace of your meal. And you're right, they won't rush you out.

    Just one show at AK - you'll have plenty of time. Plus, the park starts emptying out after the parade so you can go on EE or KS with very little wait times between 5-6pm!

    I've been trying to get BoG for the past 6 weeks and no luck yet. Will keep trying!
     
  20. loveshak22

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    Good luck!!!! I'm hoping that at 45 days out when people who booked through Disney Vacation have to pay their trip in full that some people might cancel and free up some ADRs...wishful thinking I'm sure!!

    I did just look at BoG and they are only open 4 - 8 so I guess no 8:30 ADR. I wonder if you can view Wishes from BoG. I'm sure there's a thread on here somewhere that says.
     
  21. DaveinFallsChurch

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    That's a good point about the 45 days out. Keeping my fingers crossed.

    Judging from the pictures and videos I've seen, it doesn't look like the dining area at BoG has any real windows looking outside so I don't think Wishes will be visible from the inside. I've heard of people saying they watched Wishes from various parts of the New FL.
     

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