We HAVE to go back! And for the Holidays this time! We leave tomorrow!!!

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  1. amandaluvsgoofy

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  3. amandaluvsgoofy

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    How 'bout some introductions?
    First off, there's me! Amanda
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    I LOVE all things Disney! Especially Disney World! My DH jokes I would move there if I could. That is totally not true! I would visit all the time, though! :idea:
    My favorite rides: Space Mountain, TSM, BTMR, HM, PoC (seriously, there are too many to name!)
    Favorite Park: I can't do it. I love them all! I guess if there was a gun to my head it would be Magic Kingdom
    Favorite Disney movie: Another tough one. For classics, it would either be Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, or Cinderella. For the modern (that's 1990's and later), it would be the Little Mermaid and Tangled. I also love the Toy Story movies (again, too many to name)

    Then there's my sweet DH, Johnny (who I usually refer to as J, simply because I'm lazy :laughing:)
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    He's not quite the Disney freak I am (yet!), but he enjoys Disney World and has said he would go back more if it weren't for the $$ issue. Always trying to steal my fun.
    J's favorite rides: RnRC, EE, ToT, Space Mountain
    Favorite park: Epcot
    Favorite Disney movie: WALL-E, Monster's Inc, Mary Poppins (yes, for real)

    And now for the star of the show, our sweet Emma!
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    I promise I will have better pictures of her, but I LOVE this shot! She goes through phases of loving different toys and this happened to be during her Bob the Builder stage.
    Our little E has yet to visit the greatness of Disney World, so no favorites for her yet!
    Favorite Disney movie: It's hard to get my 2-year old to sit still for a movie, but she really liked the Princess and the Frog!

    So that's the crew!

    Up next, how did this trip come to be????
     
  4. amandaluvsgoofy

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    The easiest answer would be "the DIS." :lmao: Yes, being on the DIS makes me long for the happiest place on earth!

    But seriously, after our last trip J and I had assumed another trip wouldn't happen until E turned 5. That would have been three and a half llloooonnnnnggggg years! :scared1:

    The more I thought about it, the more I really wanted to get E to DW way before her 5th birthday. Several folks had posted that 3 is a great age for a first trip (if not sooner!)! Like many of you on here, it didn't take much to convince me that E neededto go (yes, E is the one that needs to go), it was just convincing my dear, sweet DH that we needed to go sooner than later. :confused:

    As I've said before, J loves to go to WDW and would allow us to go more often if we had the funds. So now the debate about $$$. How on earth can I justify a trip?

    Last week I just happen to get a nice piece of mail from WDW that strongly encouraged me to start planning our next vacation. Yes, a PIN! :yay: I called and set up a pretend reservation for 3 nights in December at POR with free dining for a reasonable price. Then I really started to crunch the numbers. Our past few trips we've gone the DVC route and rented points to stay at some beautiful resorts. When I actually compared the PIN offer with DVC, the prices were so close that I went with what we're used to:
    DVC!!! :dance3:

    Now here comes the tricky part. How do I convince J we can afford this and that we should go??

    Well, the great news is that I've started some part time work with Advocare (a nutritional supplement company) and have made a great amount of money! J and I are both involved in it and really excited about our financial future! Aannnnyyywwwaaayyysss, I made a deal with J and said that if (when) we get to a certain financial point, we can take E for a few days to Disney to celebrate the holidays and her 3rd birthday. And he agreed!!!!!! :woohoo:

    So now we are going to Disney World this December and taking Emma for her first (of many) trip!

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    Up next, when and where???


     
  5. Alysa

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    Love it! You have an adorable family! Can't wait to hear more!
     
  6. amandaluvsgoofy

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    Yay! A reader!! :woohoo:
    Thank you for tagging along!:welcome:

    And thank you for the family comment! :cloud9:

    I see you are planning a trip, too! Gonna go check it out! :thumbsup2
     
  7. DsnyMama

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    Joining along for the ride! Lovely family and hooray for your first family WDW vacation!!! We did Disney at Christmas last year and celebrated my daughter's 3rd birthday and my son was about 19 months! We'll be doing it again this year for Ava's 4th birthday and Levi will be 2.5! I have a TR from last December and a PTR for this one if you'd like to check out our experience with a 3yr old! In one word? Magical. Beyond wonderful!!!!

    Have you decided on a DVC resort yet?
     
  8. amandaluvsgoofy

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    Yay!! Another reader! :welcome:

    Thank you! I am so excited for our family vacation! I am definitely going to check out your TR and PTR! Any tips you want to offer are greatly appreciated! :thumbsup2 And to think that a trip with our DD could be close to magical just makes me get all :sad:

    And yes! We did pick our hotel!! Gonna update asap!
     
  9. amandaluvsgoofy

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    Thank you to all those who are tagging along!

    By now you've figured out that we're going around the holidays. Looking at my ticker (and doing some simple math) you could deduce we're going in December. So the exact dates are:
    Wednesday, December 12 to Sunday, December 16

    You know, I just realized that our arrival day is the Mayan end of the world. :headache: If it happens to be the case, hopefully it can wait until we're there! ;)

    Now, if we had it my way, we would leave first thing in the morning so we could have most of that first day. Unfortunately, J hates the idea of missing work (seriously!). It took all my power to convince him to miss 2 days, so three full days were out of the question (for now, hehe). So he agreed to leave Wednesday afternoon which will hopefully put us in Orlando for dinner. We haven't booked our flights yet, but I'm keeping my eye out for some good deals! :surfweb:

    On to the bigger question, where are we going to stay? Well, I managed to contact the DVC owner we used last time (super nice, great to work with!) and he found us some options. It was surprising to see there were basically only 3 DVC resorts available for the dates we wanted. Yeah, three! :eek: So where did we get?





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    We got Animal Kingdom Lodge!!!

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    Can y'all tell I'm excited?

    Seriously, J and I fell in love with this place on our last trip. Sadly, we did a split stay and were there for only one night. :guilty: I was really hoping for AKL (praying for Jambo!), but would've been happy anywhere. The great news is that we GOT Jambo with a standard view! I am so excited! Our "standard" view last time was an incredible view of the pool! Of course one could always hope for a little pixie dust (after all, we'll be celebrating Emma's birthday, granted a little early, but still) and maybe luck out with a savannah view. But if not, no biggie! We'll be at Disney World for Emma's first trip and that's ALL that matters!! :thumbsup2

    Up next, how 'bout a game plan?

     
  10. DsnyMama

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    How awesome! We honeymooned at AKL in 2008 and it was spectacular. We didn't do any scheduled breakfasts and DH brought me breakfast from Mara every morning - we ate on our balcony and watched the zebras! We booked standard but were upgraded to savannah which was wonderful!! Enjoy :cloud9:
     
  11. amandaluvsgoofy

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    Yes! I am soooooo excited! The one night we stayed there I picked up some breakfast at Mara and it was super yummy! I totally plan on having several meals there! :thumbsup2

    And like I said, the view we had last time was awesome! If we get something comparable I'll be totally happy! If we happen to get an upgrade to a savannah I won't argue! :laughing:
     
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    I'm sure Emma will love seeing the animals! It wasn't in budget to stay at AKL this trip, but we have breakfast scheduled at Boma and dinner as well - so we'll be there to visit and let the kids see the animals and the lodge! I can't wait!
     
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    I know she will! Even if we don't get a savannah view, I know there are tons of places around the resort for us to check out the animals!

    J and I ate at Boma for dinner on our last trip and LOVED it! We're thinking about trying it for breakfast this trip (just for something new). Have you been before? We've got a picky eater on our hands (know anything about that? :laughing:) so our ARD plans are going to be a little less adventurous this trip. ;)
     
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    We booked our flights!! Yay!!:woohoo: This is a point in your planning when it starts to feel really real!

    I had been perusing the Southwest airlines site for several days and found the point prices getting close to our budget (we signed up for the Rapids Reward credit card and got 50,000 miles!). So the other night the points were super low, lower than I had seen them. I saved a potential trip and found J to talk about it. After he agreed I went back to the site and the points had gone up!! :scared1: Seriously, five minutes and the rate had already changed. I ended up needing 150 more points so I had to buy more from Southwest which put us out $50 bucks. So after all the drama and delay, we were out $80 total for three round trip tickets!! :cool1: (although it should've been only $30 with the fees and taxes had I bought them a few minutes earlier! :headache:). Oh well, at least our flights are booked!

    So our flights are scheduled for:
    Wednesday, Dec 12 - leave Dallas around 2pm, arrive in Orlando around 6:30pm (later than I wanted, but at least we'll be there in time to get settled).
    Sunday, Dec 16 - leave Orlando around 4pm, arrive in Dallas around 7:30pm.
    Both flights have a stop over in Austin with a plane change (the one down side to SW, IMO). We have about an hour on both layovers, so I pray that's enough time to switch planes!! If anyone has any advice on plane changes in Austin, or plane changing with a toddler, or flying with a toddler, I would greatly appreciate it!!

    Anyway, just happy to say that we've got another item checked off our Disney planning list! :dance3:
     
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    Hurray for tickets! :)
     
  16. DizNee Luver

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    Joining in for the ride!!! :cool1: We'll already be at WDW when you come in!!! It's great to read other Dis'ers plans. :surfweb: Want to make sure we're not gonna be missing out on anything (our first trip!!)

    Looking forward to reading more!!! popcorn::
     
  17. amandaluvsgoofy

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    I know!!! Soooo excited!! :cool1:

    Yay!! Another reader! :welcome:

    That's great you guys are going! The DIS is so awesome for planning! :surfweb: I have to monitor the time I spend on it compared to work! J will offer a friendly reminder every now and then to see if I'm working on Advocare or working on Disney :guilty: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Back to work. At least I know this is what's paying for the trip! :thumbsup2

    Thanks for reading!
     
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    popcorn:: joining in popcorn::
     
  19. amandaluvsgoofy

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    Now that our flights are booked I can start thinking about what we're going to do while we're at Disney World! :woohoo: Sorry, I can't stop saying that, "Woohoo!":woohoo: Super excited!!

    Anyway, our first day is a late one right now. We're used to booking one of the first flights of the day to get to DW and start the party! Since J didn't want to compromise on missing 3 days of work (oh the horror :rolleyes:), I had to settle on arriving late. Our flight is scheduled to arrive at MCO around 6:30pm. If all goes smoothly, I'm praying that will put us at AKL no later than 8pm (earlier would be awesome!). Needless to say, our first night at DW will be getting settled and situated. Since Orlando is an hour ahead we might feel a little more awake. I'm thinking of having dinner (if we can wait that long) at Mara and just checking out the resort. Ahhhh...the lovely Animal Kingdom Lodge! :cloud9: I can't wait to spend more time there!

    Since Day 1 is fairly uneventful right now, I thought I'd share our plans for Day 2. As I said earlier, this trip is going to be very low-key compared to our previous trips. No commando on this journey with an almost-3 year old. I figure we could have an easy morning. Maybe breakfast at Boma? Maybe head over to DTD and walk around? I'm dying to try EoS!! We've had WPE the last two trips and were a little disappointed last time. I've heard nothing but awesome things about EoS! And they'll have their Holiday sandwich! Whatever it's called that has dressing, turkey, cranberries, and gravy! :eek::love: AWESOME!!!

    Anyway, the day/afternoon is fairly open. We have to make sure Emma has a nap (even if it's forced! :lmao:) because we have a big evening ahead!

    :santa: MVMCP!!! :santa:

    That's right! I bought our tickets the other day (advanced ticket prices! :thumbsup2) and we're set!

    Beforehand, I hope to go by and check out the monorail resorts... Especially the Grand Floridian!! Then we can go to MK at 4pm without park tickets, right?? Now I have no clue about this! :confused: We've obviously never been so I'm not totally sure what to expect. I hope to let Emma go on some fun rides (Dumbo, Peter Pan, etc). The parade is a must! And I really hope Emma will want to have her picture taken with some characters (at the very least Mickey and the gang!). If anyone has ever been and has any suggestions for us I would greatly appreciate it!

    Since the trip is low key, we’ll hang out at MK as long as we can stand it. If Emma happens to doze off in her stroller then J and I will probably just walk around and take in the sights. I cannot wait to see the Castle in all the Christmas lights!! It’s gonna be so beautiful!!!

    Up next, what are we planning for Day 3??
    And…I can make my ARDs in just a few days, everyone do a little dance and say a little prayer that we get what we want!! :goodvibes:worship:
     
  20. DizNee Luver

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    Yes, the MVMCP tickets will allow you to enter as early as 4pm that day. The ticket is your admission in to the park. The other park goers, that do not have a ticket for the party will have to exit the park by 7pm.

    We're looking forward to going over to the AK Resort to look around.....it's on my list of resorts to see all the holiday decorations at!!! :banana:
     
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    Hey! Yay! I'm so excited for you! And jealous. I'd love to go during the holidays. I think I want to do that for our next trip (in 2014! ack!)

    I'm also jealous because you'll probably get to experience new Fantasyland. Please go to Be Our Guest for me!

    J doesn't wanna miss work? What the? I can't even comprehend that. I'm going to be doing cartwheels out the door and saying 'see ya suckers!' when my trip comes up. But that's just me.

    Looking forward to reading more!
     

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