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PTR for the planning obsessed....Updated 11/5 We're home now.

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by MRYPPNS, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. Native NYer

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    Great goals! I like the idea of having daily goals.
     
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  3. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

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    This day is my favorite.;) :goodvibes
     
  4. willwriteforears

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    Okay, I see! Well, it's still a good way to do it, since you know what your priorities are if you find yourself running out of time. :goodvibes
     
  5. stagemomx3

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    I love the goals idea. I also found it funny that you set a limit of one goal per hour of time. :lmao:
     
  6. mousescrapper

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    The goals are great! Similair to my family's "TOP 5's" !

    We had (or I should say I had) the detailed touring plan too and we adjusted here and there as needed due to lines, heat, hunger, Margaret napping/snoozing in stroller, etc.

    I really need to have "it" allplanned out, w/ still knowing things aren't always going to go according to plan.

    And in your case A-C:goodvibes

    Hey what is "Meet Faries in Pixie Hollow"? we totally must have missed that.
     
  7. MRYPPNS

    MRYPPNS Practically Prefect in Every Way

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    That is a great way to put it! And I am worried about running out of time....kind of crazy for a 9 day vacation.

    It might not be your favorite after I post the action plan for this day.....it's a choose your own adventure kind of day!

    I had to limit it some way because I found myself writing a laundry list of "goals"
    I have this thing with being efficient....even if I'm going to shop around town I have to map out a plan in my head on what order I want to do things....at least I save on gas :thumbsup2

    It seems that the Faires of Pixie Hollow will be doing a meet and greet at Toon Town Hall of Fame starting October 26....a couple days after their DVD "Tinkerbell" comes out. Disney is currently hiring for the roles. Hopefully Tink herself will be there too! I am so making DH and DS pose for pictures with them!

    Call them goals and just right them in order of how you want to tour...that should trick 'em!

    Bring some index cards for the plane ride and do yourself up some!
     
  8. MRYPPNS

    MRYPPNS Practically Prefect in Every Way

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    Sunday "Free Day" 11/2
    This is our "choose your adventure" day....it could be a busy day or one for relaxing....but we won't know until that morning!

    Breakfast Plans
    A Golden Corral Buffet
    B Whispering Canyon Café
    C Old Port Royale
    D Eat in room
    E Other off site restaurant

    Morning to Mid-Afternoon Plans
    9-10 am to 1-2 pm
    A Tour Epcot
    B Blizzard Beach
    C Exlpore Fort Wilderness Campground
    D Make Up any touring at MK, DS or AK that was majorly
    missed
    E Hang-out at resort

    Late Afternoon Plans
    1-2 pm to 4-5 pm
    A Nap/Relax at resort
    B Explore Fort Wilderness Campground
    C Blizzard Beach
    D
    E

    Dinner Plans
    5 pm to 7:30 pm
    A Kona Café
    B 1900 Park Fare
    C Offsite at Cheese Cake Factory
    D
    E

    After Dinner Plans
    6:30-8 pm to ???
    A Return to Epcot
    B Return or Hop to MK for Wishes at 8pm
    C Hang-out at resort
    D Do anything that was majorly missed earlier in the week
    E
     
  9. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

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    I think I have a headache.:headache:

    I'm glad this makes sense to you because I swear the different options and gameplans make my head swim.

    That's why I love the DIS and the World. Something for everyone!:goodvibes
     
  10. willwriteforears

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    I like the looks of the Choose Your Own Adventure day! :goodvibes I definitely think it's a good idea to have a "free" day so you don't get overwhelmed with itineraries. But I like your idea of having options, because I'm a ditherer and if I didn't have options, I'd probably end up doing nothing and regretting it later.
     
  11. Lady Lallie

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    I like your Sunday. I think it will be interesting to see how you guys choose to spend this day when you get back. :goodvibes
     
  12. DisMomAmy

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    Great goals - I think that's a good way to do it rather than having a step by step plan. I knew you would have a plan "E" before long! :rotfl:
     
  13. Native NYer

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    I like your "choose your adventure" day. It leaves a lot of room for flexibility and to just see how you're feeling that day.

    Did you make ADRs for some of the restaurants? Or are you just going to just try to get a seat as a walk in?
     
  14. mousescrapper

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    The Sunday "choose your own..." looks mighty smart :thumbsup2

    I like the way you plan...though it may confuse my brain, I'll be curious how it all runs for you all and try some of your planning magic for our next one.

    And I vote for KONA!!! remember the steak!;)
     
  15. MRYPPNS

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    It actually makes me feel very calm to know that I'll have the info at my finger tips to make good decisions.

    Exactly! DH and I work much better when we have choices in front of us....I can see us killing 2 hours with wishy washy 'what is there to do?" "what do you feel like doing?"

    It really will depend on how the week has gone so far at that point. Sunday also serves as a make-up day if we get a rained out day earlier in the week. Like if it pours on Friday and we don't go to AK, we can just make it up on Sunday.

    I tried to keep it to a minimum but with so many great things to do it's hard!

    I have ADR's for everything......

    That is one decision that won't be easy....at least from home it's not. Once we get there it might be clear as day when we want to eat that night. That's how it was with my first modern trip in 2001....we made ADR's that morning at the park's guest services desk for dinner that night....oh those were the days!
    I'm working on my park map craft project right now.....I've had a few set backs but hopefully I'll have pictures up over the weekend.
     
  16. LegoMom3

    LegoMom3 I have just met you and I love you.

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    Wow......:eek:

    That is some organizational skills! :rotfl:

    We have a "free" day but it doesn't look anything like yours!!! Basically, I know I'm getting up early as usual, getting laundry going while I go get coffee, finishing laundry and then seeing what people want to do when they get up. The only thing "set" for that day is dinner at Hoop-dee-Doo!


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  17. MRYPPNS

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    I probably shoudn't call it a free day compared to yours. Maybe "Choose Or Lose Day" or "What do I feel like today Day?" or "Pick from the List Day"
     
  18. MRYPPNS

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    The all things Liam update

    Now I can’t remember where most of these things were first discussed….here, the LapuLapuette thread, or assorted DISfriend PTRs and TRs, so I’ll recap everything here.

    Early in planning I had decided to put Liam in one of the double beds with bedrails (and me) at the resort. I know at least one Mom (it was Scrappie –Do if I remember right) cautioned me against that idea. (Liam will only be 18 months old at the time of the trip and he currently sleeps in a crib). Her concerns were very valid about him falling out of bed since he moves a lot in his sleep. I just didn’t like the idea of him sleeping in a pack n-play for 9 nights. So then I was reading TK’s PTR where she was thinking of getting a Kid’s Aero Bed for her DS.


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    She had done all the research on them and shared it with me. Well I liked it…I just didn’t like the retail price of $80. But online shopping discounts are a wonderful thing. I scored the Kid’s Aero Bed for $48 (free shipping). DH and I set it up and we both really liked the bed, and feel that it is safe for Liam to sleep on. We'll practice with it and him at home before the vacation so he is used it to. So the plan now is to pack the Aero Bed as checked luggage (I love Southwest Airline!) and Liam will sleep on that. And the plan is to splurge and get a King room at CBR.

    Another thing that was discussed somewhere was strollers. The short of it is that we will take our current travel system Graco stroller with us. I have a frame stroller for the car seat for the next baby so it isn’t that big of a deal if the one we take gets damaged….plus we’ll need to buy a double stroller anyways. I also plan to pack an umbrella stroller (if it fits in the luggage) or just buy one at Target when we get there. I like the option of having the small umbrella stroller for nights when we go out for dinner.

    The last thing I have been worrying about is Liam’s diaper leaking in the airport and on the plane if I can’t change him right away. (I've never flown with a child before and I've mentioned that DH will be taking not to puke the whole flight.) I think I have come up with a solution….Huggies Overnight diapers……they would give me more time between changes (not that I want him sitting in a wet diaper for any longer then I have too). I haven’t tried them yet but they seem to get good reviews. That might be a good plan for at night too if he’s drinking a lot more than he usually does at night before bed.

    81 days to go!
     
  19. DisMomAmy

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    I'm glad you have solved your Liam problems! When we went in October, we brought two electric air mattresses for the kids - they were great! We had enough space most of the nights, but one night we had a full house so we knew we would at least need them that night. However, Zachary was so excited to have a sleeping bag that he slept on the floor in the master every night. Alex slept there a couple nights and chose the 2nd bedroom the other nights. I had one suitcase for the two mattresses and two sleeping bags. Like you said... Southwest is great! ;) I think the aerobed is a great solution & you'll be happy with it! :thumbsup2
     
  20. Native NYer

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    I like the kids aerobed. It does sound safer than Liam flying off of the bed in the middle of the night. Bedrails never seemed sturdy to me.

    Am I completely lost? Are you pregnant? Or just planning for another kid?

    As you can tell, I've been way to busy with beauty treatments and canasta :lmao:
     
  21. MRYPPNS

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    I like the fact that we should get years of use for the Aerobed. I have to remember to get those velcro cable ties that you suggested for the stroller!

    I should clarify....we are in the planning stages for another child.....we hope to add to the family in 2009....hence why I don't get to plan a Disney trip for 2009.
     

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