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Discussion in 'Doing the Happy Dance!' started by pwdebbie, Apr 3, 2012.

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  1. TJDisneymama

    TJDisneymama DIS Veteran

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    yes, it was no problem spending the $2,000 because I used it to to pay for our trip & cruise (well, not the whole trip put about $3500 down). So between the 50,000 bonus and the purchases I made and a couple other bonus points I got for surveys and newsletters and whatnot, I now have 57,000 points.

    UGH!!!! I just checked the flight again that I need and if I put in 1 passenger, the flight is 20,160 points. If I put in 2 or more, it goes up to 24,420 points. I was thinking I could just buy 3,000 more points to get the 60k needed for 3 tickets, but now it looks like I will have to buy 13,000 points. Which costs $325. So no sense in paying $325 for points when the flight itself is $350............

    Crapp, there must be only 1 seat left for $350/20,000 points because if I put in 2+ passengers it goes up to $420. So I guess the points are better than nothing b/c if I was paying out of pocket I'd be paying $350 + $420(3) = $1610. But with the points I'll only pay $350 + $420 = $770 (assuming someone doesn't come along and buy that last cheap ticket before I do).

    Can't believe buying airfare is this complicated. :rolleyes2
     
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  3. Mousemommy1

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    Sci Fi is the only TS restaurant we will eat at in DHS. We had bad experiences at both 50's PT and H&V. :(

    At Sci Fi, we stick with the burgers...but beware...the burgers in combination with the delicious milkshakes is a lot of food!!!! We can never finish it all!

    ETA: our girls were not scared at all at Sci-Fi, they found most of the clips to be very silly (and they are)
     
  4. ja23k

    ja23k Earning My Ears

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    It's definitely just an added bonus. I don't think it has ever changed my park experience except that the parks are covered with gorgeous flowers. It definitely makes it feel like spring. I know there are events going on, but you have to look for them so they are definitely not in the way of normal experiences there. I found it to be way less crowded than going in Feb, and about the same as going in May.
     
  5. ja23k

    ja23k Earning My Ears

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    I really like 50s prime time. I really hate the sci-fi because of the terrible quality of food. 50s is fun and has basic home cooked style food but it is done very well. I always get meatloaf with a peanut butter and jelly milk shake (YUM). Not my top TS choice in Disney, but definitely my top for HS. I agree with previous posters that said HS really lacks for dining experiences. We actually arranged our schedule this time so we don't have any TS meals at HS. We like 50s, but always eat there. We want something new this time. We are leaving early and going to Epcot for dinner. Could also take a bus to a resort and eat there. If you don't have a park hopper this is not a good option though. 50s and the starring rolls bakery are really the only two places I find worth eating at in this park. Agreed - Would have been a great idea to put Starbucks here and leave the beloved MS Bakery alone. (So upset about that!)
     
  6. ja23k

    ja23k Earning My Ears

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    That sounds like such a pain! (But for saving 900ish it's worth it). I wonder if there will even be any affordable flights left by the time I get the points (haven't even decided to apply yet). I thought of charging the trip on the card, but I wanted to do it on my citi card because of all the travel insurance benefits I get on it. Any travel insurance on the southwest card? You are so right - flights are such a headache! It's the hardest part of planning, in my opinion. Fingers crossed that you get your affordable flights!
     
  7. LexiC123

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    Just booked our April trip! After 12 days with no power, all I want to do is escape from reality...even if it is 5 months away.

    DH and I will be at the Swan from April 20-26. This will be our first spring trip in many years, and we're really looking forward to the Flower & Garden Festival, and seeing the new Fantasyland.
     
  8. pwdebbie

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    Yes, you do need an escape from reality. I'm so sorry you have had to go through this, but now you can look forward to something nice.
     
  9. JillianSam

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    Just booked our airfare!
    $1150 round trip for the 5 of us. It makes it feel so much more real, no going back now!
     
  10. mom24mouseketeers

    mom24mouseketeers Earning My Ears

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    Thanks - I need the Disney planning for sure! I decided on 50s PT anyway - there is always chicken! lol

    My husband will be excited about Starbucks! lol I always call it MGM! LOL I had to change to DHS just for these boards!

    I looked into leaving and going to a resort - but we decided the 50s PT - yeah I looked at the menu - I'm from the south so it seemed like southern cooking my mom would do to us. Like I said already - there's always chicken!

    We had a bad experience at H&V last year - so I understand - I am going to give it a try. Yeah I was worried about the movies - my youngest would probably cry at even the slightest monster. She cried in the Tower of Terror...

    Well I definitely decided 50s, I agree with everyone that DHS is the hardest one to book an ADR at because of the choices - Im not looking forward to the QS there either to be honest! But we shall see - there's always hopping available! Is starring rolls where the carrot cake cookie is?? I really want to try that!
     
  11. PrinceAdam

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    Staying an extra day...till the 23rd now. Staying at POP
     
  12. ja23k

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    I think that is the place with the carrot cake cookie. Carrot cake cookie for breakfast, massive cupcake for lunch? ;) (actually I believe they have sandwiches there that might be good. I am going to look into that...)
     
  13. rebeccaariel

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    I think the carrot cake cookie is at Writer's Stop but I could be wrong
     
  14. ja23k

    ja23k Earning My Ears

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    Yes! You are totally right. I was thinking of the carrot cake cupcake at starring rolls. Oops.
     
  15. Jays2013

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    I made an ADR for Hollywood & Vine (lunch) because DS2 LOVES Jake and The Neverland Pirates. Now, with all these tales of bad experiences .... I'm rethinking it.

    Is it that bad? Or just not great? I'm more than willing to deal with one not-so-great meal for the character interaction, but right now I'm going in with a great deal of trepidation!
     
  16. gtpoohbear

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    We've done H&V twice, once for breakfast and once for lunch, and while the food is definitely nothing to write home about, we are doing it again simply because the character interaction is so good. They do a fun parade around the restaurant and the characters tend to take more time here with the kids than most places, probably because it isn't as popular or busy. Plus, the characters here aren't ones you can meet at every other character meal.

    I'm usually pretty easy to please, especially at a buffet, so for me to say the food is not great is saying a lot, lol! BUT, it's not that it's totally gross or inedible, it just isn't really "good", compared to the other TS restaurants at WDW. (Although as many have mentioned, the TS options at DHS in general are very lacking, so it's not like you're missing some other great experience to go here instead).

    Overall, I would say that the breakfast food was a little better than lunch, although the chocolate chip cookies at lunch were the one redeeming quality of the meal, it's almost worth it for those alone!

    If your kids are into Disney Jr, I definitely wouldn't skip it because of the food, just go with low expectations knowing you're there mostly for the characters and just eating "something" so you aren't hungry later. Then you won't be disappointed :)
     
  17. librarygeek

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    I like Sci-Fi the best too because the themeing is fun. Well, I like 50's PT themeing too but I'm actually not a big fan of that homestyle cooking (plus DH says he doesn't like to go to a restaurant where they yell at him for not finishing his vegetables! :rotfl: )

    The food we had at Sci-Fi was decent... I had a pasta dish that was pretty good, and DH had a salad that he really liked. The milkshakes are the bet though!

    I was also there as a kid, and I was one of those "absolutely terrified of everything" children, but Sci-Fi didn't scare me. It was much more exciting to be eating in a "car" than scary!

    Yay, this is good to hear! I can't wait to see all the flowers, I'm sure my family will start to get annoyed with me for stopping to take so many pictures!
     
  18. cherylsmike

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    My dates have changed. I needed to move my cruise dates up, so the Disney ones got moved a little too. And we lose a day:mad:.

    We will be at Bonnet Creek April 14-21. We moved our cruise to April 7th. Now if I don't like the cruise I know I will have my happy place to go to afterwards. That is not the reason we switched dates, but it is a bonus.

    I have to reschedule my flights and will lose my $107 arrival flight. It will probably go to about $180. I haven't bought the return flights yet. I think I may hold off until the 90 day window. I check a couple times a day though.

    I am still sad that we aren't staying at a Disney resort OR doing a Disney Cruise. But I guess my DD15 would call those "rich girl probs".

    I guess I need to change my tickers now, :(
     
  19. mom24mouseketeers

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    Ok so Writer's Stop it is!!! I am really wanting that cookie! lol I saw a pic of it in a TR from a foodie that went last year and let me tell you my mouth was watering just seeing it on my computer screen!

    T
     
  20. TJDisneymama

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    yes, those are First World Problems, lol. Here's some more:

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  21. Mousemommy1

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    OMG!!!! These are hilarious!!!!
     
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