***Official November 2013***

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  1. Marshay

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

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    You have two options: purchase coach seats or a bedroom and bring your vehicle. Both ways include snacks and meals and movie. Bedrooms allow for more privacy, more of your own space, upgraded meals, free wine, some have private bathroom, all have beds and rooms can sleep anywhere from 2-4 people. You can pack as much as your car or SUV can hold.

    We found cost of a bedroom, if purchased at 11 months, to be very similar to flying and renting a larger vehicle or driving and stopping for meals and a decent hotel, plus wear and tear, gas, etc.

    You have to be the type of person who enjoys the journey to prefer AT. If you rather just drive straight through to get there as soon as possible, you may not like the train. We were fine with flying until we had our second kid...then the cost for flying and just the amount of stuff we needed to have with two kids or if we traveled in winter months with unpredictable weather from taking swim suits to winter coats, made the AT more desirable.

    We started with coach and then quickly realized that a bedroom was much better for us.

    Now our vacations are actually extended a day in each direction and those travel days are just fun: sipping wine, having a bathroom close by, walking around, playing games with our kids, watching movies, eating a real meal with silverware and tablecloth, sleeping, arriving well rested, no TSA, etc. instead of being stuck in traffic, with kids fighting or asking if we are there yet or having to stop every hour to use the roadside restrooms...or being cramped on a flight with not enough luggage bc we didn't want to pay the extra fees!

    As you can tell, we really love it.

    Downside is that it can be expensive if you don't catch a sale or book right at exactly 11 months. Also, AT doesn't work for a quick weekend trip bc you leave around 4pm on day 1 and arrive around 9:30am on day 2.

    Hope that helps!
     
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  3. Marshay

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

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    I hate to disappoint you but don't expect much from coach.

    My DH is 6'6" too and I am 6' and we have done both coach and bedroom. My DH didn't like coach at all. Everything from the seat to the seat back to the leg rest to the foot rest was not in the right place for DH (and neither for me). It made the coach seats very uncomfortable. The good thing is that there is leg room in coach. But the seats are not at all for tall people. They do recline pretty far though, but it just hits you wrong.. We had your same thoughts the first time we went -- thinking coach would be better than a small bed (we have king bed at home) but after trying it, we found out otherwise and won't do coach. The seats are fine for sitting in them a few hours ... But not the whole trip nor for sleeping.

    We did first trip on coach but by second trip went to bedroom, and do that every trip now! DH does fit on both the 1-2 person bed on the bottom and the bunk bed on top since the beds are perpendicular to the kids bunk beds. When the room is made up for sitting, the long sofa and chair work well.

    I will also add that we just like our privacy so having a door to keep open or close as we wish, plus not having other people walking and talking by us all day and night is important to us. I didn't really know this until we did coach. With small kids, I always felt on egg shells trying not to disturb others and trying not to let the parents who don't watch their kids at all (!!) bother me.

    I think if our kids were older and could entertain themselves better, that it would be a lot easier to do coach. But at 4 and 7 (and we have been going for nearly four years now) the games and coloring books only last so long and eventually they will act up and that's when I prefer to deal with crying or temper tantrums in private, not in a room with 20-40 other people. Also the snoring from other people just grosses me out!

    Anyway, this is what works for our family .... We tried both to see for ourselves. Best of luck!
     
  4. Marshay

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

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    Also, there is a thread on the transportation forum dedicated to the AT, if you want more info or to ask questions.

    I have pics and stories from our experiences in my TR in my siggie, too. Check the ToC to go directly to the first and last days.
     
  5. lindap1

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    We LOVED the AT when we went in 2011:cloud9: So relaxing to sit back and watch the country side go by knowing that you AND your vehicle will be in Florida when you wake up the next morning:thumbsup2
    We did a deluxe bedroom (we upgraded at the station) $$$$. This year were doing a family bedroom..they are the width of one of the cars and more spacious than the deluxe. We've never done coach and now that we've done the bedroom... coach is OUT:rotfl: The drive into Lorton can be a little tense (ESPECIALLY rush hour):scared1: There was one section that we drove to that took us 2 hours to get through...stop and go:( We also had driven down the night before and stayed at a hotel right down the street from the station. Enjoy!
     
  6. apostrophe76

    apostrophe76 Earning My Ears

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    First post here...we're going with a party of 6: my husband, two kids (8 and 5), my mother and stepfather, and me from 11/7-11/11, staying at POFQ. We're pretty excited! I haven't been to WDW since my senior trip in 1994, so it's been a while. More NJ people invading the boards.;)
     
  7. stmize

    stmize Dvc member since Nov 2010--WDW mom of ds 17 & dd 1

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    Change of plans sorta. Now arriving on nov 22nd at okw then on Disney dream on the 24th returning on the 27th going back to okw until the 30th.
     
  8. beachmom01

    beachmom01 Earning My Ears

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    You can add us too! We're booked at CSR from 11/29/13 - 12/8/13. Can't wait to try the new business class club rooms!!!
     
  9. figmentswife

    figmentswife One little spark will light your fancy

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    Alright now that we are back in the November club, I want to surprise DD some how, she really wants to stay at AOA..... We have told her we are staying off site to save money, but really we going to book AOA LM room. This way we are all happy and if food concerns me, I can walk over to POP to get food, but I don't think I will have to.


    So SHhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Don't say anything on FB I will be saying we are off site all along but really we won't be.

    We can't surprise her with a trip, so this is the next beat thing.

    We plan to tell her when we drive in that it is too early to check into our hotel so we want to check out AOA, then I am going to say I have to go make a phone call and DH is going to go walk around with DD. I will really be checking us in, then when I meet back up with them I will say, let's go check out a room!!!!!! Then surprise!!!!
     
  10. stmize

    stmize Dvc member since Nov 2010--WDW mom of ds 17 & dd 1

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    Cool. Surprise.
     
  11. WDW-A-RAMA

    WDW-A-RAMA Mouseketeer

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    Hello All,

    I have just spent the last three days reading this increasingly lengthy thread(not all in the same siting of course) I can't add to the Jersey number--sorry guys. Anyway, my wife, my five kids(16,14, 11, 7, and 2 at time of travel) and I will be going to WDW from November 21-December 1. We have adjoining rooms at POP, even though we really wanted AoA LM. The reason we went with POP is because we really want some free dining, and it hasn't been offered much at LM. This is our 5th trip to WDW. We have gone three times at Thanksgiving and once in April. Thanksgiving is so crowded, but we love the temperatures. We usually go to EPCOT on Thanksgiving day since it is so spread out and we don't feel the crowds as much. This year will be the first time our youngest(only boy) will really know what is going on. When he went in 2011, he was only six months old. We had to skip 2012 because our central heat/air had to be replaced in our home. We are having some major withdrawals! Sorry for the long post.
     
  12. stmize

    stmize Dvc member since Nov 2010--WDW mom of ds 17 & dd 1

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    Welcome to the club. If you see 10 people in the same neon color shirts. That's prob us if it says bracken/Mize family reunion.
     
  13. figmentswife

    figmentswife One little spark will light your fancy

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    Well, we will be 3 people in matching shirts, more if I can convince others.... You know who you are..... To wear them.
     
  14. figmentswife

    figmentswife One little spark will light your fancy

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    I don't mean to bust your free dining bubble, however, it is not looking like it will not happen. Danny25 had said so months ago, and everything he has posted about discounts has been correct. I guess there is a chance they will do another stay,play,dine.... Which is almost free dining, but I wanted you to know in advance so you could plan financially. I do think there will be some kind of room discount for fall if nothing else. .
     
  15. DonaldnDaisy5

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    If stay, play, & dine is offered, how does that work with kids who are Disney adults? Ds will be 10 at time of travel....
     
  16. Marshay

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

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    Hey, my fellow DCL from January! No DCL for us this trip, though. We arrive day after Thanksgiving to Sea World and check into WDW on Dec 1st for a week. tried to fit a cruise in but time and budget said otherwise.
     
  17. WDW-A-RAMA

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    Thanks & we will be on the lookout for the neon.
     
  18. WDW-A-RAMA

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    We are fully aware of our total, but it doesn't hurt to wish. Thank you for managing this thread; I have enjoyed the reading.
     
  19. stmize

    stmize Dvc member since Nov 2010--WDW mom of ds 17 & dd 1

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    Hi.

    We are using this yrs points and next yrs points for this trip. We're staying all together at okw in grand villas before and after our cruise. Have a great time.
     
  20. FigmentChick

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    Hello and :welcome: to all the new people!!! And no worries about long posts - I tend to write novels myself. :rotfl: I will add all the new info to the first post.

    On a side note: the family & I are heading to Washington DC on Saturday to visit the National Zoo (I wanna see the pandas!!!) and see the cherry blossoms. Wish us good traffic, please. :goodvibes

    I hope everyone has a great weekend; I know many of us have kids off school or long weekends from work. Oh!!! And one more thing: I officially start my new job on Wednesday (although, my technical start date is the 1st). I am the new Accounting Manager at the local Jewish Community Center!!!! I can't tell you how excited I am to be working with such a great group of people as well as an organization that helps the community. I've been waiting a long time to get back into a nonprofit and I'm just so pumped.

    Have a great afternoon, all!!!
     
  21. figmentswife

    figmentswife One little spark will light your fancy

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    Congrats Melanie, is that the place you had the part time shirt term job!!!!

    We are getting closer every day.

    DH has more tests tomorrow to see how the first surgery went, if all is well there will be another test next week then second surgery the following week. He still has the 3 open wounds from the complications after first surgery but they are closing well.
     

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