***Official November 2013***

Discussion in 'Countdowns and Live Reports' started by FigmentChick, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. FigmentChick

    FigmentChick DIS Veteran

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    My family stayed off-site (we rented a house in Davenport) our first two years. We did enjoy it and the primary reason we stay on-site now is because of free dining. If we don't get a good discount, we may be back to the house! LOL Do a Google search of the address where you are staying and look for a local Wal-Mart or Target or anything else you might need.

    What other advice were you looking for?

    OH! And since you are staying off-site....when the hours come out, make sure you avoid the parks that have morning extra magic hours.


    Totally understand!!! I think, this trip, I'm going to miss a lot of people because we are going so early in the month. It looks like a lot of you guys will be there the 10th and after.

    I agree that Danny25 has solid info. I'm disappointed because I really like FD, but I will upgrade if I need to.

    Yup....I'll be one of those. I will definitely upgrade if the only free dining that is offered is QS. However, if no free dining is offered, we may stay off-site.

    In 2006, we travelled with our then almost 5 year old and a 6 year old. We did all the parks. We are nerds, so we tend to gravitate towards Epcot. It is a park we all like. However, we enjoy all the parks.

    We do get park hoppers and have on every previous trip. We are very early risers so we start the day at one park and then hop somewhere else in the afternoon (usually Epcot. lol). Sometimes we take a midday break, but not often. Usually we leave from, say, MK or AK and head over to Epcot and just lazily walk around Future World and World Showcase (and that's why we go during the F&W Festival as well).

    As for MGM (sorry...DHS...I'm old school!), I agree with Lisa....I could leave it for the most part. I like the old-Hollywood feel, but there's really not enough to do to last all day. We are usually done by 11am. Although, I could ride Star Tours over and over and over again! (told you I was a nerd! :rotfl2:)
     
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  3. taaren

    taaren "There is more treasure in books than in all the p

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    The crowds should be great on Dec 1-4, I think the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th TouringPlans has listed as a 2 out of 10. I really wanted to go this week, but atm it looks like we're going to be going the week prior to Thanksgiving instead.
     
  4. taaren

    taaren "There is more treasure in books than in all the p

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    Nothing booked yet, but I've settled on our "if we can get it" dream itinerary. At 7 month mark I'll be trying for/waitlisting for Nov 16/17 in a studio at Boardwalk, probably pool/garden view, will wait list for a standard or Boardwalk view if I have a wait list available; then on Nov 18-21 in a Bay Lake Tower 1 bedroom for 4 nights Lake view, with AK Savannah view as a back up and waitlist BLT if I can't get it. Thinking we'll probably get the dining plan for the first two nights at Boardwalk so I can go to Garden Grill, and pick one other decent TS at a reasonable price and use our CS credits over 3 days.

    Not sure but if that doesn't feel like enough park time, do one night at Universal or near the MCO airport on the way out, on Friday the 22nd and fly out Saturday the 23rd. We felt like we didn't get to see enough of Universal on our first trip since a friend who works there contacted me in the middle of the trip to offer us tickets and we just shoe-horned one day in. Otherwise we might try to squeeze a single Universal day into the middle of the trip, which would be better for taking panchos and slippers to go on water rides then heading back to our villa to wash the clothes.
     
  5. tillman4

    tillman4 Mouseketeer

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    1st time to post- our family will be there Nov. 26- Dec. 1. We were there in 2009 for same dates. Loved Thanksgiving at Disney. Staying Carribean Beach pirate room (again). Can't wait to make ADRs!!
     
  6. DisneyLvr55

    DisneyLvr55 <font color=darkorchid>The thing swooped down, hit

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    Hello all :)


    Just a friendly reminder to PM the OP when you have made your reservations. I know that if it is just posed on here, I will miss some of them, and I don't want to leave anyone out! :thumbsup2

    So if you don't see your name on the list right now, please PM me to be put on :goodvibes
     
  7. 94Paladin

    94Paladin Earning My Ears

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    We'll be headed down in November too. Staying at WL, 11/22-11/29 can't wait to see everything done up for the holidays
     
  8. FigmentChick

    FigmentChick DIS Veteran

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    Hey, all!!!! Just an FYI...there is another November 2013 thread under countdowns.

    Have a great day!!!!!:goodvibes
     
  9. FigmentChick

    FigmentChick DIS Veteran

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    Hey, all!!! Went over some dining plans with my family the last few days. Has anyone be to the T-Rex Cafe? Their menu seems pretty decent (especially for my picky family), but I just wasn't sure.

    And what is going on with the Disney website?!?! It can't find my package reservation. And when I call.....I'm on hold over 25 minutes, which is way unusual (I wanted to make sure my reservation was actually still there. lol).

    On another note: I had a second face-to-face interview for a position yesterday afternoon. Let's just say that since then, I'm feeling more depressed than ever. I know the Director of Finance liked me and it seemed like the Executive Director did too, but the Associate ED seemed to have her mind made up before she walked in the room. The sad part is, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. Well, who knows? I'll just try and be positive (and live and breathe Disney in the meantime).

    OK....so, back to dining plans. I know I can't make them until May 4th, but we like to at least plot out where we'd like to eat. T-Rex would be for our arrival day (we always do DTD and never do a park....we need to "mellow out" into our vacation. lol). And Le Cellier is definitely on the list (it will be our first time there). The kids want to go back to the Sci-Fi Dine-In. I really liked my shrimp & pasta, but it was so dark I could barely see the plate and hubby and I were getting tired of seeing the same movie clips. :rotfl: I told him this time, we'll bring the portable DVD player for us and we can watch a movie (maybe MIB or something else Sci-Fi themed. lol).

    We've got a few other ideas, but I'll leave those for later.

    Am I the only one thinking like this with 10 months to go? :lmao:
     
  10. Marshay

    Marshay I'm Goofy for Mickey. Don't worry if you get a bi

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    Joining in! Thanks for adding me. We booked our AutoTrain tickets:banana: and will choose our resort later. We arrive WDW 11/29 to 12/7.

    Can't wait to be back for the holidays!
     
  11. FigmentChick

    FigmentChick DIS Veteran

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    We're going on the AutoTrain, too!!!! :cool1:

    What made you decide to go that route? *oops...totaly see that you're right near the AutoTrain!*** We decided because we can save lotsof $$$$ by taking the train. Yes, it adds extra time, but we're thinking of it as an additional adventure on our Disney trip. And my almost-5-year-old is sooooo excited!!!!
     
  12. belias21

    belias21 DIS Dad's Club Member #717

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    OK - so looks like this is the OFFICIAL official Nov 2013 thread. :)

    Thanks for adding me! Only 327 days until my trip... :coffee:
     
  13. Marshay

    Marshay I'm Goofy for Mickey. Don't worry if you get a bi

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    We used to fly, but with all the restrictions and added costs for luggage, we decided to drive instead. We tried that and hated it. Too confined with young kids (infant and toddler then) and it took too long of just waiting.

    So we decided to try coach on the AutoTrain, then next trip upgraded to family car and that was it-- AutoTrain all the way, now for 4 or 5 trips. We just love the train...for us it is cheaper than flying and renting a larger car... And it gets us in faster than driving since we always got a hotel plus we now arrive relaxed. The cost isn't that much more than driving if you factor in wear and tear, mileage, insurance ... Plus the non-money costs of vehicle breakdown, accidents and inconvenience of just sitting there.

    As you can see, we LOVE it! You can go to any of my TR to see pics (they are marked with table of contents) of the train and see what we do. But we love being able to walk around, stretch out, eat snacks in the lounge car in booths, watch a movie with cookies and hot chocolate, dine with real silverware and tablecloth while having a carafe of wine, etc. it totally doesn't feel like you are just driving somewhere, but becomes an adventure and vacation in itself.

    However if you are the type of person that would just rather drive 14 hours straight and get there ASAP, you prob won't enjoy the train (my dad tried it and hated it...said he would rather just drive bc he can't just sit still and relax).

    I can't wait to hear what you think!

    Of course being able to pack whatever you want for vaca, is also really nice and we don't like waiting for Disney busses nor holding a sleeping child while in a SRO bus, so we thoroughly enjoy having our own vehicle at WDW, and stop at Walmart and other nonDisney places, too.

    Sorry for the huge reply. Let me know if you have ?

    I forget, did you join the AutoTrain thread? I think you did, since your name is familiar.
     
  14. MamaJessie

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    We loved TRex. We tried it because I am a Landry's Select member so I had a discount PLUS I had earned a gift card at a 'get rewarded fr shopping' type site. Even my husband, who is not a huge Rainforest fan, really liked it.

    If I am lucky enough to get free QSDP with a value we will stick with that. I am still having fun menu hunting though :thumbsup2 The CS options at WDW are awesome. And we may still do one character meal, I would like to try Crystal Palace because we have never done it but we will see since the family loves Tusker so much.

    And we will definitely be heading to TRex! I am halfway to my $50 gift card :thumbsup2
     
  15. ned911

    ned911 Earning My Ears

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    Brother-in-law and I booked BC ressies for Thanksgiving. Our wives are twins and they turn 40 this year so we figured WDW would be a great way to celebrate. There will be 7 of us, 4 adults 3 kids (DS17, niece 12, nephew 10).

    My wife and step-son have never been so this should be a blast.
     
  16. Furrybunny

    Furrybunny Earning My Ears

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    We will be staying at POFQ November 15th-24th. Our family has never been during the Christmas Holiday time were everything is decorated.......I can't wait. I heard it is amazing and unbelievable. I am excited to see the castle! :banana:
     
  17. tillman4

    tillman4 Mouseketeer

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    Thanks for adding me! We went to T-Rex in 2009. Our then 5 yr old loved it. The atmosphere is great. My husband & I both agree you are paying for the atmosphere not the food. Food was okay. We will either go there or rainforest on arrival day. I'm driving everyone here crazy planning ADR's already!
     
  18. disneyfantotheend

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    We're official :cool1: is that new or did I just miss it before?

    Sorry about the job interview, but maybe you will get called back. Sometimes you think it went badly and nreally it didn't. Hoping that is the case. :goodvibes

    We love TRex, but it is very loud and very dark. Food is great, IMO.
     
  19. lindap1

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    I also booked the auto train for our November trip. Can't wait....so excited to ride the train again!
     
  20. FigmentChick

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    Do you know your exact dates? I'll put ya into the first post.

    Twins! That's cool! And it's so nice that you guys are a close enough family to take a vacation together. :) I am sure your wife and step-son will have a blast! We're going to try and just mosey around this trip. We'll see how long that lasts as I have OCD and plan, plan, plan. :rotfl:


    No problem!

    OK...so two different takes on the food. LOL Well....how badly can they screw up chicken nuggets and a burger? lol My little guy is really excited to eat with the dinosaurs.....once he saw the pictures. I tried to convince him just with words and that didn't work so I busted out the laptop. Once he saw the pics, he was on board.

    I will admit, last trip I did not think I was going to like Sci-Fi Dine-In and of everything we ate, that is the one I remember the most. Not so much for the shorts that replayed and replayed, but my food was sooooo awesome! (I can't remember whether I got a milkshake or not though.

    And I am driving my family crazy already planning the ADRs, too. But that's half the fun....isn't it? :rotfl2:

    As for the job.....believe it or not, the organization called this morning and asked for my references and for me to sign an ok for a background check (there's a daycare center on site and they work with a lot of youths). So....whoo-hoo!!!! :yay: I also received two other phone calls today. One set up an interview for tomorrow and the other was one of the recruiters I'm working with asking the ok to forward my resume to their client. So....it's been a decent day.

    Oh....and the Christmas tree has been put away along with most of the decorations!

    And three for the AutoTrain! Right, Linda?
     
  21. lmc318

    lmc318 I have dreams like you, no really! Just much less

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    Woohoo!!! Congrats on the great news about the interview status! Looks like things are looking up!

    I was going to take my Christmas tree and decorations down last night and never got around to it. Sigh. I don't feel like it. Can't someone just come do that for me?? ::yes::

    We booked our March trip yesterday. Yay!!! Staying at Pop for 5 days, 4 nights in March. My big hoorrah before having to go back to work. It felt weird just to end treatment and then go back to work right away, so I have a week in between my next CT and starting work to take a quick trip. I need to decompress first! Plus my job is miserable, company is miserable, and I got a new boss while I was out, so I really need to bump up my spirits before going back or I'd never make it. Can't go from miserable to miserable. That wouldn't work!! :badpc:

    Luckily, DH loves planning for Disney almost as much as I do, so talking about it with him is fine. The rest of my family, especially my Dad, as he takes me to my chemo and doctors appointments, is getting tired of me. And now not only does he have to listen to plans about November, but he also has to listen to my plans for March! haha! :rotfl:

    Welcome newcomers! :hug:
     

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