Celebrating my Un-Birthday Disney Style-April 2010-New 5/3 - The TR has started!

Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by DisMomAmy, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    I know the "What are you celebrating?" theme will be gone in 2010 but my family has decided that I need to change my birthday. I have never had my own day... my brother's birthday is 3 days after mine and now that I'm all grown up, six years ago I went and had a baby the day before my 30th birthday so I share (happily) my day with Zach. I also share my other special day, Mother's Day, not only because we celebrate my mother and DH's mother, but because my mother's birthday is May 13th so we are often celebrating her birthday near Mother's Day too. We are the only family members who own a house so I am always hosting the celebrations... including my own birthday & Mother's Day. This year DH (Tim) decided we needed to find a day to celebrate me, with that being said, this week I booked our airfare and the planning has begun.

    Here we are on the last day of our April 2009 trip:

    Alexander (9 next month):

    Alex at soccer:

    Zach on his 6th birthday:

    Zach at soccer:

    If you want to learn more about me and my family, please check out my previous PTR and TRs - links below. I'm just wrapping up my current TR so I can move the focus to this upcoming trip.

    Thanks for joining me!!


    Airfare & Rental Car
    ADR Help
    ADRs back to 180 days
    Itinerary - First Draft
    More Itinerary Talk
    Waiting no so patiently…
    ADR Update
    First ADRs made
    ADRs – Day 2
    ADRs – Day 3
    ADRs – Day 4
    ADRs – Day 5
    ADRs – Day 6
    Happy Fall
    Tree Tagging Gone Bad
    Christmas Projects
    Christmas Projects continued
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Odds & Ends
    Tour Guide Mike & Zhu Zhu
    Snow Day
    A tooth, 2 snowmen & a serving of Cocoa
    Merry Christmas
    Pre-trip Report Recap
    E-Ticket App for iPhone
    Crazy Christmas Wait Times
    Disney Christmas
    The Waiting Game
    Christmas Presents
    Happy New Year/Magic Kingdom – Looking Back to 1982
    Give a Day/Get a Day
    Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 1997
    The Box & The Snow
    Growing Southwest Credit
    Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 2002 & 2006
    Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 2007
    Finally... Some Answers!
    Updated ADRs
    Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 2008
    Magic Kingdom - Looking Back to 2009
    Itinerary update
    Magic Kingdom - Looking forward to 2010!!
    Typhoon Lagoon vs. Blizzard Beach
    Epcot - Looking back to 1997 & 2002
    Why Disney is so special to us! And an autism resource.
    Epcot - Looking back to 2007 & 2008
    Epcot- Looking back to 2009
    Epcot - Looking forward to 2010
    Me? An Annual Passholder?
    Shoes, park bags & luggage, Oh My! – Part I: Shoes
    To AP or not to AP?
    Penguin Plunge
    Shoes, park bags & luggage, Oh My! - Part II: Park Bags!
    Where are we staying?
    More Odds & Ends
    More Changes?
    DHS - Looking Back to 1997 & 2002
    DHS - Looking Back to 2006 & 2007
    DHS - Looking Back to 2008 & 2009
    Disney Shopping!!
    DHS - Looking Forward to 2010
    The condo decision!
    Parking Question
    Sheraton Vistana Resort - Here we come!!
    Rain, rain, go away!
    Animal Kingdom - Looking Back to 2002 & 2007
    Animal Kingdom - Looking Back to 2008 & 2009
    Animal Kingdom - Looking Forward to 2010
    Other Looking Back Pictures - Post 1
    Other Looking Back Pictures - Post 2
    The Budget
    Dining budget
    Six weeks to go!!
    Let the countdown begin!
    So which bag did I choose?
    5 Weeks to go!
    Back to the drawing board!
    Ch, ch, changes... a new itinerary
    4 Weeks & A Very Special Delivery
    Updated park & entertainment schedules
    Another change?
    Off Topic... My leaky car
    Crazy Week!
    3 Weeks & some autism tips from 2007
    Am I Crazy??
    2 Weeks To Go & In Two Weeks - Thurs 4/22
    In Two Weeks - Fri 4/23
    In Two Weeks - Sat 4/24
    In Two Weeks - Sun 4/25
    In Two Weeks - Mon 4/26
    In Two Weeks - Tues 4/27
    In Two Weeks - Wed 4/28
    In Two Weeks - Thurs 4/29
    In Two Weeks - Fri 4/30
    In Two Weeks - Sat 5/1
    3 Days to go!
    Photos - Easter & Updated countdown pictures
    See ya real soon!

    Link to my TR: Mom, this is like a whole new Disney!" - An April 2010 TR

  2. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    I started posting information about this trip on my 2009 TR so I'm going to copy it over here. Here's what I posted yesterday about airfare & rental car:

    So yesterday morning, after being haunted by the ghost of Southwest all night long, I got up and posted here on the DIS. Then I checked the Southwest prices and they had arleady gone up!! Every flight went up by exactly $5. I guess that's the penalty for procrastination.

    I emailed Tim to tell him what had happened and he told me to just go ahead and book something so I could sleep again. (Until the week before our trip at least... )

    The answer to the burning question... APRIL is the winner!

    Here is what I booked:

    Southwest Manchester - Tampa
    Thursday, April 22nd 7:55am - 11:20am

    Returning on Southwest Tampa - Manchester
    Sunday, May 2nd 10:40am - 1:40pm

    The return flights were cheaper out of Tampa plus that gives us the flexibility to switch things around if needed and visit family on either end of our trip.

    And I've already booked a minivan for 10 days for $550! I think that's a great price since I was only finding prices over $1000 in my initial research. I used carrentalsavers.com. Of course I'll be watching those prices closely and probably re-book several times before April.

    The reason we ended up with April was really about the flights. Direct filghts are important for us and the weather can be unpredictable for travel in February.

    I did go back and cancel & rebook our flights as two separate itineraries in case a great rate opens up in Orlando for the return flight or in case there are other changes we want to make - we won't have to cancel both flights and risk the prices going up (which they probably will).

    Right now the plan is to visit Jeff (Tim's brother) & Karen (Jeff's girlfriend) & the kids (J(17) & K(13) - Jeff's kids with his ex-wife) for the first weekend then check-in in Orlando on Sunday. We'll be visiting Tim's grandmother, who just turned 90, sometime during the week.

    There you have it! I'll finish up this TR shortly then I'm going to take a little break for a while. I'll probably start a PTR closer to our ADR time in January... or sooner if I feel like it. We'll see...
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  4. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    I wasn't going to start this PTR until January, when I thought I would be making my ADRs. But then I heard a rumor... Here's what I posted on my TR:

    Dear Dis-Friends - I need help again!!

    I've read a few things about ADRs switching back to 180 days on October 27th but I can't find anything official or even somewhat official. Has anyone else heard about this?? I've also heard that park hours will go back to 180 days as well... let's hope so because if that's true I need to make ADRs starting on the 27th!! And since we're staying off-property I'll need to get up early every day to make each ADR. Help!!
  5. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    After searching all day, I finally found something "official" about the return of ADRs at 180 days. The 2010 Disney Dining Plan brochure states the following:

    "Our Table Service restaurants, character dining and dinner shows
    book quickly and the restaurant and seating of your choice may
    be limited or may not be available during your visit. Please make
    reservations online at disneyworld.com/dining or by calling
    407-WDW-DINE up to 90 days prior to your visit for the best options.
    Beginning October 27, 2009, for arrivals Jan. 25, 2010, and beyond,
    reservations may be made up to 180 days prior to your visit."

    You can find it for yourselves here: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/vacation-packages/2010/dining/
    Scroll down about 1/3 of the way and click on "Disney Dining Plan" and you'll find the brochure. The information is listed as the second "Great Tip!"

    I guess I'll start working on the itinerary... :headache:
  6. Momof2Disneyboys

    Momof2Disneyboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    Am I first??!! :cool1:
  7. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    Yup!! Thanks for coming! :yay:
  8. Charleston Princess

    Charleston Princess DIS Veteran

    Jan 28, 2008
    I am here, Amy!!! :yay:

    MRYPPNS Practically Prefect in Every Way

    Jan 7, 2007
    Gee Girl.... you have been one busy bee this morning!
  10. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    Thanks for coming over!! :goodvibes

    It's too cold to do anything else! :cold:

    Hope you don't mind that I stole your theme - celebrating me! It's such a good one. :thumbsup2
  11. praisehisname

    praisehisname DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2003
    I'm here! That's so cool that your DH decided to give you your own day! :lovestruc

  12. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007

    Yes- DH giving me my own day is cool - even cooler that I turned it into a week at WDW! ;)
  13. jordanyosh

    jordanyosh DIS Veteran

    Jun 23, 2003
    good. I made page 1 and am here from the start!:thumbsup2
  14. mousescrapper

    mousescrapper DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    I'm here...and I'll do my best to stay up to date....let me help plan it may snap me out of my no-Dis funk....;)

    Scrappie J~
  15. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007

    Glad you could make it Jordan!!

    Hi Julie!! Thanks for coming along. I wasn't planning to start this until January but the ADR thing is going to require some input from my DISfriends - hopefully you can help me out with some of that! I'll be posting my guess of EMHs & evening entertainment and first version of my itinerary soon for suggestions. I could use a bit of a break too so I suspect that once I get my ADRs done I'll be slowing down to work on some Christmas projects.

    Sorry about the no-DIS funk. :hug:
  16. mommytothreeboys

    mommytothreeboys DIS Veteran

    Mar 2, 2007
    Did I make it onto page 1?? SO excited to share in the planning of this new trip!

  17. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    Woo Hoo!! Page 1!! :cool1:

    Glad to have your help!!
  18. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

    Jan 5, 2009
    RATS! page 2
  19. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007

    That's OK - I'm still happy you are here. :goodvibes
  20. mousescrapper

    mousescrapper DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007

    1 WEEK and 3 days.....till ADR time.... :scared1:

    where the LIST? :confused3

    let's get some pre-eating done....popcorn::

  21. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2007
    I'm on it!!

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