Discussion in 'Countdowns and Live Reports' started by FigmentChick, Aug 27, 2012.
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First time poster, but lurking for a few months. Taking the kids (11, 9, 6) over Thanksgiving. I expect crowds but oldest is getting too old to pull from school for a week. Staying at Bonnet Creek. Booked through VS for $240 less than AoA (without dining) per night. Couldn't pass up the deal and the amount of space available. We are hard-core theme park goers, so, even with younger kids, we do not return to the hotel during the day. If we are in Orlando, we will be at a park. We will take 2 days for Universal, as the kids are pumped about Harry Potter and buying a wand.
Thank you for the warm welcome Right now we are booked for AoA lion king suite. It will be myself, my husband, and our 3 kids DD6, DS3, and DD 22months. I would have liked to stay at AKL but I decided that I'd rather have the space that the suites provide. Besides I think the kids are gonna flip when they see the lion king and cars sections (huge fans of both)! Still trying to decide about the dinning plan. Don't know if it makes sense for our family or not.
Kind of nervous about taking the baby. Anybody have experience taking a toddler?
We went on three different trips with toddlers. I loved it, so much magic for them
We took our three 9, 7, & 2 last August. It was a blast, so much we are booked again for November! Our youngest was a trooper, kept up with the big two, and had a blast. She asks at least weekly when we are going back and every time a commercial comes on she is super excited.
Being the third she's pretty chill, she's used to being at dance, baseball, football, gymnastics...whatever, but we did make sure to take her wants into consideration, had a stroller, we rented a double stroller there because of size and middle dd has asthma we weren't sure how her asthma would be in the August heat. Both girls fit and would ride together, it made leaving much easier -getting through the crowds.
My dh and I split up at some points to do rides or characters depending on kids. Ds likes thrill rides, the girls not so much so the adults took turns riding and doing things with the nonthrill seekers. We utilized rider swap. Our youngest was JUST tall enough for great Goofini but she is a tiny peanut (no meat on her bones) and we just weren't comfortable putting her on it. I know its used for too short riders, we never had her measured at Disney to test waters. We knew from appt she was right at 40", but she is SO little and CM didn't ask to measure her to give us a swap ticket when we asked they just looked at her.
Enjoy your trip! We are going over Thanksgiving too!
Welcome aboard!!! Great price on WBC....if the rumors about EMH hold true, I'll be seeking off-site lodging, so I may have to keep your idea in mind.
I took Quinn (my almost 5 year old) when he was 18 months. It took him a little while to warm up to the characters, but other than that, he was willing and excited to go on the rides and watch the shows. He had a great time!!!
First time we took our DDs they were almost 2 1/2 and it was truly magical!! My DH was a little skeptical at first but they enjoyed everything we did! So many people said "oh they won't remember it" but for us it was about making a moment at that time in their lives. My niece has Cystic Fibrosis and had been sick and we all just decided to go. Priceless memories and photos that I will treasure forever from that trip!
The first time they saw Mickey in front of the castle they were jumping out of the stroller - MAGIC!!
my DD was 22 months on her first WDW trip and did great! she was very taken with the characters after warming up a bit, then she couldn't leave them alone! she did love riding in her stroller and even napped in it so that did help us out quite a bit!
Thanks for all the replies everybody. It really has eased my mind. I'm sure we will be ok. Just planning on taking it slowly, taking breaks e.c.t. I just want everyone to have a good time without stressing, or having too many melt downs.
That being said, I'm really excited about this trip. Ive never been to WDW during Christmas. Looking forward to the decorations, and MVMCP. So it'll be a trip full of firsts for all of us. This fastpass+ stuff is crazy right? All the speculation and guesses are driving me crazy. Hope things have calmed down in time for our trips in november!
We officially booked our trip yesterday!!! So excited. We did switch our resort from WL to the French Quarter. Oh and we added a day to our trip, Nov 16-24. (Can you switch that on the front page please) We need to save some $$ this trip so unless a good discount comes out we will stick with the FQ.
We have never stayed at the FQ but I choose it because of its small size and the fact that there is only one bus stop area. My biggest fear is being at a resort with terrible bus service. We plan on walking over to the Riverside to utilize a lot of their amenities.
My mom is coming with us this trip so I am excited to finally be able to dine at the Garden View Tea Room. It's just one of those things that I know my guys have never had an interest in. We also plan on doing MVMCP this trip. We have never done it but decided to give it a shot this year. I hope it is worth the extra $$.
Purchased our park tickets last night ( before tickets prices go up) and car rental through undercover tourist. Only thing left is plane flight can't wait until southwest releases November flights... So excited
We finally decided on where we are staying for our wedding/honeymoon trip this November! We're going to try resort hopping!
we're spending 3 nights at POP, 2 nights at AOA because honestly it looks amazing! Lastly 4 nights at The Boardwalk!
Upgrading every move! Great idea. I honestly like settling in and not moving, but having two resorts last trip (5 nights and 6 nights) was awesome, getting to try both being close to MK and close to Epcot was
Omg I can't wait.
If we go in November is will be 11/23 - 12/1. Probably doing two rooms at ASMo with the ILs. FIL is wanting to do WDW. He has never been there, only DLR. His health is declining and we hope to all make it there together. We are regretting not including them in our trip this past November. The other option is to go Spring 2014. We are really just in the maybe stage of planning.
I haven't been on DIS since our last trip so it'll be interesting to see what my signature says. LOL
First Disney trip!!! Staying at The Beach Club October 30th-November 5th. 6day park hopper with Deluxe dining. Fingers crossed for free dining.
Congrats! The Beach Club & Deluxe Dining sounds like a Magical Combination! Do you have any restaurants picked out yet? This will be our third trip and we are going to try the Coronado resort and a few new restaurants, I am most excited about Sanaa! Also, hoping for free dining or at least a decent discount on our room!
Yes, I would be satisfied with any discount! I am planning on character breakfasts each morning before parks open. Fingers crossed to get a dinner reservation at Be Our Guest for my birthday, Ohana Narcoossees and either Le Cellier/Yachtsman not sure which one yet not sure it matters. I know Cellier is hard to get. What is Sanaa? It's not been mentioned in any of my books
Sanaa is in Animal Kingdom Lodge. It is indian/african cuisine so that sounds interesting, but the best part is it overlooks the Kidani Savannah and you can see the animals grazing from your table. We are planning an AK day and getting the earliest dinner reservation@5:00 pm, requesting a table by the windows. You can look at their menu on allears.net, I have heard the bread service is wonderful!! We are also doing Ohana and Be our guest for dinners and Crystal Palace(B) before park opening. DD(9) doesn't know about that one so it will be a little extra magic on our last day! I'm sure you will be able to get all your choices! We just have to wait a couple more months for ADR's!
Excited to be joining you! Haven't officially booked yet, but looking at WL from 11/9-11/16. We did our last trip in Nov 2012 over Veteran's Day weekend, so we're pushing it a few days to try to avoid the busy weekend, and take advantage of smaller crowds (hopefully?!) the following week.
DD will be 26 months, and we can't wait! It was fun at 14mo, but I think she'll get so much more enjoyment this year!!
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