The Official October 2013 Trip Planning Thread

Discussion in 'Countdowns and Live Reports' started by figmentswife, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. AJECAR

    AJECAR Earning My Ears

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    As much as I love that we are going with a large group of our family...it can be such a pain when booking!!!

    We are still waiting for a few confirmations from folks before we book our hotel, but we WILL book by the end of this month!!

    Is there any chance that Disney will offer Free Dining in October? We are going to be there from Oct 2 - 8.
     
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  3. johnsonginad

    johnsonginad Mouseketeer

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    we are going October 3-10. Staying at our home away from home, POFQ! YIPPEE!!!!:banana::banana::banana::banana:
     
  4. daisy_77

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    Hello!! We are staying Sept 30-Oct 9 at Pop!
     
  5. policycobb

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    Hello! We are going on the Disney Dream Oct 6-10 and spending Oct 10-13 at Port Orleans -FQ.

    Paula, Rob and Emily
     
  6. DoctorWhoGirl

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    We'll be arriving Sunday, Oct 27th and staying four nights at the Wilderness Lodge. We'll be going to our first MNSSHP and my boys are beyond excited about trick or treating at the MK. Now only if we could decide on costumes for all of us!
     
  7. tigerbelly

    tigerbelly Mouseketeer

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    We'll be at POFQ the 23rd-29th! So excited and having so much fun pre-planning our ADR's.
     
  8. lemonsours

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    I was wondering, how does everyone plan? Last time I started with the park hours, chose which parks for which days, and planned our ADR's accordingly. But since the park hours won't be posted until close to the 180 day mark, I'm worried I won't have enough time. (Besides, I want to start planning now!)
     
  9. SAT887

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    My PTR for our October trip!
     
  10. SAT887

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    I look at last years hours, and find the weekend that is similar. Basically this year I looked for the same weekend that the ToT 10 miler was and made sure it wasn't Columbus day weekend. This was I have a basic idea and can plan, and worst case I get to replan :)
     
  11. April7901

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    Count me in! October 19-26, staying at POFQ. Me and my mom!

    The only special occasion is that neither of us have ever been to the parks before! I've wandered Downtown Disney a few times, but never the parks.
     
  12. joshswif

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    I'm in as well! Looks like it will be, me, DH, DD8, DD2, my mom brother, and sister! We'll be there October 27th through November 7th! Spending two days in each park plus 2 days of relaxing! I can't wait!!!
     
  13. SlightlyocdDisneyfan

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    I usually start with the Crowd Tracker from Touring Plans. They have a recommended "Best Park" and have already compiled their best guess for hours and business for each park. It may adjust over the next few months, but it often is pretty accurate, even this far out.
     
  14. joshswif

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    So I am just in the beginning stages of my planning. DH and I took our daughters (who were 7 and 11 months at that time) last summer. It was a surprise trip from my DH and while I greatly appreciated it and we had a blast, I'm looking forward to making all the plans this go around AND having two days in each park this time!

    On to my question! I want to do the DDP this time and am wondering how everyone fits it all in. The only bad thing about TS is the time it takes out of the parks enjoying rides and such. Do you plan mostly breakfasts? I'm waiting on the crowd calendars to come out so I have a better idea of what park we'll be at each day.

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  15. lemonsours

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    Thanks. I didn't use touring plans the last two times, but I think I will this time. I just can't wait to get started!

    We had FD for the last two trips, so I can share our experiences. In general, we used our TS meal as our break from the parks. We don't like to go back to the hotel during the day, as we feel it takes too much time, but having the break to sit down and rest in the a/c during a TS meal was a very nice break. In general, if we started early with EMH, we would book a late breakfast TS meal, and if we were staying late, we would book an early dinner. This had the added advantage of being off-peak meals, so ADR's were easier and the restaurants seemed less crowded. We branched out to nearby resorts, too, so one evening we were in MK and we did our ADR at Chef Mickey's for the first seating. Or our early day in AK, we did an early dinner ADR for Boma.

    The only thing we had left at the end of the trip was 2 quick service meals and a couple of snacks--the last morning we got breakfast and bought breakfast for a mom and her son to use the last 2 QS, and then we went to the gift shop and bought a bunch of snacks for the trip home and to share with friends.

    HTH!
     
  16. RoundtownGirl

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    Please add us to the list. We'll be at POR this fall for our first MNSSHP and F & W. Oct. 15 through 21
     
  17. joshswif

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    Another silly question. I've never book ADR's before and am wanting to call on the 180 day mark. So...say you're going for a week. When its time to start booking your ADR's 180 days out, do you have to call every day that week that your booking?

    Ex. April 18th will be 180 days away from OCt. 13th. So if I'm going that whole week can I make all my reservations in one call, or am I going to need the call that whole week of April for that day's reservations I'm trying to make?

    Sorry if its confusing!
     
  18. MISSYLEXI

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    If you are staying on site you do not have to call every day. That first day you call they allow you to book 10 more days. So Oct 13-23.
     
  19. LisaCM614

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    We'll be there 10/10 - 10/15 staying at BWV! Very excited. Loved visiting in October last year!
    Glad to see the October calendar was published yesterday. Counting down to ADRs now!
     
  20. BeerMe

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    We're going from 9/27 thru 10/18 ~ two weeks at Polynesian Isles and one week at Star Island. It coincides with F&W. We may also stay a few days at SoG. Our February/March trip was also 3 weeks at POP/POFQ/SoG/Cypress Palms. Fun trip.

    The next trip will be without kids and grand gids, although the kids are all in their 30s.
     
  21. peteykirch

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    I'll be down there 10-27-11/2, booked a courtyard view at the WL. Can't wait, first solo trip as well.
     

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