Hello from a remote outpost in Western Kansas :)

Discussion in 'Welcome to the DIS' started by jmebonner, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. jmebonner

    jmebonner Don't read this.

    Dec 26, 2008
    We're planning a trip to Orlando for May of 2009. Myself, DW, DD (6) and DS (3). Both will be + 1 year at the time of the trip.

    We're pretty frugal, so I'm reading all I can about how to save on various sites, but I like this one best so far. ;)
    I've already booked off site rooms about 3 miles from Disney for $30 per night and have decided not to go with the park hopper. My main objectives now are to plan for cheap meals and what we'll be doing at the parks.

    Wish me luck and bear with me as I will probably ask what seem like dumb questions.
  2. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc DIS Veteran

    Jul 2, 2007
    Hi and welcome!!

    We went for the first time in 19 years last August, and it was fabulous!!!

    One little suggestion: think about reconsidering the park hoppers. We found them to be a huge benefit.

    One day we spent the morning at Animal Kingdom. Then the skies opened up. This was no mid afternoon sprinkle-- it was a downpour that lasted the rest of the day and into the evening.

    We went back to our rooms, changed, and hopped to Epcot-- it has much more indoor space and was better suited to a rainy day. Then, a few days later, we got back to Animal Kingdom for a few hours before hopping to the Magic Kindgom.

    I'm pretty sure that you can add the park hoppers at some point in your trip, should they prove useful. They were for us.

    Have a great trip!!
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  4. Mrs Grumpy

    Mrs Grumpy Always Planning!

    Jun 21, 2006
    Welcome! I am in Kansas also. Just north of Wichita.
  5. Metro West

    Metro West Nothing to see here...move along.

    Apr 12, 2005
  6. mommasita

    mommasita DIS VETERAN Moderator

    Aug 3, 2004
    :welcome: and good luck. You have come to the right place.;)
  7. sparkyboy

    sparkyboy DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2008
    welcome to the board. Keep reading and you'll find lots of useful info to make your trip magical.

    One tip that we have found handy is to try and pick up "souveniers" before we go and then have them available in our back pack as we leave the park. Check out Target, Disney Store, on-line such as Craigs list, etc. and you can find lots of cheaper souveniers. Then the day that we leave, gkids (4 yrs) get to make one purchase with their money. Consider eating breakfast in the room--can get a styrofoam cooler and keep juice, small cartons of milk for cereal, pop tarts, fruit, etc which will help cut down on your food cost.
  8. Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith <font color=darkorchid>How can you not look? They'

    Sep 8, 2007
    Welcome to the DIS! Sending pixie dust your way for all your planning.

    I know that you have something booked offsite but it might be worth looking into the stay 4 nights get three free deal that Disney is offering right now. We are using it in a couple of weeks and it works out to only be about $45 to stay right on Disney. Plus, we just had to purchase 4 days of park tickets and got 3 free.
  9. jmebonner

    jmebonner Don't read this.

    Dec 26, 2008
    Thanks for the welcomes and the ideas! And hello to my Kansas neighbor - even though you're Grumpy! ;)
  10. Disneydonnam

    Disneydonnam DIS VETERAN

    Nov 15, 2006
  11. Tabatha

    Tabatha Mouseketeer

    Jul 3, 2004
    HI, were planning a Sept 09 trip and am getting very anxious. We are planning on driving to FL. to cut costs.

    In 99 I drove there to start as a CP and drove back stright through alone. So I know what to expect. Well, kinda...diferences this time include 4 kids, so it should be entertainning. I can't help picturing the Griswalds vacation to Wally World!!

    grumpy, I'm also north of Wichita - maybe in the same town..go hornets. ;)
  12. Tinkerbelle32

    Tinkerbelle32 DIS Veteran

    Mar 22, 2005
    Hi, and welcome the the Dis boards. :) Hope you get all the tips and advice you need. I'm also a fellow Kansan. We are in Wichita, hubby is stationed at McConnell AFB. Jennifer

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