When will we go? Nobody knows! A sisters trip PTR.

eliseisawkward

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Hi friends! I decided to get started on what I will refer to as a "pre pre trip report" for what I hope to be an amazing sisters trip to Disney! The ongoing "safer at home" in my city has me going a little crazy so I need some Disney planning therapy to get me through the day. So... who am I?

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That's me (and my husband)! My name is Elise, and I'm an infectious disease biologist. I spend my days in the lab, and my evenings and weekends dressing up in Star Wars costumes for charity events. Or at least I would be, if all our events weren't canceled :sad:. We did manage to do a virtual event for a local special needs school, but it's just not the same.

I've been to Disney 5 times, 3 of those in the past few years ( Aug? 1994, May? 2004, Dec 2017, Feb 2019, Feb 2020) and I'm looking forward to needing 2 hands to count how many times I've been to Disney :hyper:. A few facts about me:

Favorite Princess: Merida
Favorite Villain: Ursula
Favorite Park: Animal Kingdom
Favorite Ride: Rise of the Resistance
Lightsaber color: Red

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My favorite time of year in Disney so far has been December, but you really can't beat the February weather and crowds. Thinking about this trip, we might try a new season... stay tuned for more on that.

Who else might be traveling with me? Well no sister trip is complete without sisters, duh! And I have two:

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Steph (pictured here with her husband Alex) has been my Disney planning and traveling partner for the last three trips! She also loves Disney and has been contemplating DVC in the not-so-distant future. Depending on when this trip ends up taking place, we might do a DVC tour!

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Savanna is currently a nursing student, and this trip won't take place until after she graduates so we will have to work around whatever crazy schedule she ends up with as an OR nurse (so proud of her, she's interning in an OR right now and she's doing an awesome job). Last time she visited Disney she was stuck in a power chair because of an ankle injury caused by an extra bone in her ankle?!?! Anyway, she's since had surgery to remove the rogue bone and I think she'll be ready for another trip sans power scooter. She doesn't know about the trip yet because I'm trying to figure out how we make it a graduation present for her... but also make sure she can go...

This trip will likely exclude anyone else, but who knows at this point. I still don't even know WHEN it will be!​
 


eliseisawkward

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Jan 10, 2019
There are so many things to think about when planning. And I love fitting together all the pieces like a puzzle! But where do you even begin? I guess when would be a good beginning... but it's also the trickiest part of this puzzle.

We have options... but we also have so many restrictions! Options in order from soonest, to furthest away:

Option 1: February 2021- Unlikely because of Savanna's school schedule.
Option 2: June/July 2021- How hot/crowded will it be??
Option 3: September/October 2021- Ideal to try a new season! And maybe attend a Halloween party!
Option 4: February 2022- A time of year we love, but soooo far away.


And of course, this is all dependent upon 3 work schedules, the pandemic and traveling restrictions, saving up enough money for the trip, what kind of hotel deals are released between now and when we actually go... Right now my favorite option is #3 and honestly I'm pretty in love with the idea of a new holiday season to check out, I'd even be willing to consider a Fall 2022 trip if it looks like we can't get any of the other options to work.


Since this is all so up in the air I would LOVE to hear from all of you: what is your favorite time of year to visit Disney? Convince me why that time is the best time to visit!​
 
  • eliseisawkward

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    Where do we stay and how do you make a budget???

    While still debating when, the other big puzzle piece we need to figure out "first" is where. Which all comes down to budget I suppose. I honestly don't know where to start there. Other than- I've started a special savings goal for this trip and so far have saved about $650. My sister(s) will obviously be splitting part of the cost so we will have to coordinate budgets. How do you even begin that conversation?

    So to avoid awkward money talk with my sister(s) I've decided to start trying to figure out there where. I think pricing out a few different plans will help give me a better idea of how much to budget anyway. So win-win, right? Plus it's fun to look at pictures of all the different resorts and rooms!

    Previously I've stayed at the Swan (I think it was Swan not Dolphin... I was 6...), All Star Music, The Contemporary, and Pop Century. For value resorts, Pop beats out ASMu by a landslide. The location on the Skyliner was super enjoyable for our last trip and I can't imagine staying at a value that isn't on the Skyliner anymore. We also loved the Contemporary when we stayed there as a family, but the cost $$$$ is somewhat prohibitive without someone else footing the bill. We aren't completely opposed to a split stay, and we aren't opposed to trying new resorts.

    A few ideas I've had:

    4/5/6 nights at Pop, followed by 2 nights at Contemporary (or other monorail resort)
    7/8/9 nights at Caribbean Beach
    2/3 nights at Yacht Club or Beach Club followed by 2/3 nights at monorail resort

    I think in general we would like a "place to sleep" for the beginning of the trip where we will spend most of our time at the parks, followed by 2 nights at a deluxe where we can enjoy what the resort has to offer (but still have park time, duh). I'm hopeful that some sort of discounts will come out and help make my decisions for me. Both the when and then where.


    So tell me, what's your favorite resort? What's your dream resort? Do you enjoy split stays? If you do a split stay, is it best to mix/match location?
     

    DLo

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    My favorite deluxe is YC . I love being able to walk to two parks. My favorite moderate is POFQ because of the smaller size but who knows when it will be open again.
    I think your idea of the split stay is a good one. As far as the split location , I think it depends on what parks you want to go to during that part of the trip. - whichever is more convenient.
    Good luck with deciding !
     

    eliseisawkward

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    My favorite deluxe is YC . I love being able to walk to two parks. My favorite moderate is POFQ because of the smaller size but who knows when it will be open again.
    I think your idea of the split stay is a good one. As far as the split location , I think it depends on what parks you want to go to during that part of the trip. - whichever is more convenient.
    Good luck with deciding !
    I’ve heard nothing but good things about YC and honestly the walk ability is super tempting.

    We would probably want to do all 4 parks. Our past two trips we’ve only done 2 park days with a single park per day. They have been amazing trips, but I do come away wishing I had the time to do all the parks. So I guess that’s why I thought splitting with different areas would be a good idea. Honestly my dream trip would probably be YC and Contemporary. If only it weren’t $$$$.
     
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    Djjsperry

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    I love the Yacht club best my husband likes the Beach Club best! We are trying CB in March for 3 nights then BC for 7 nights
     
  • lvcourtneyy

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    Joining in!

    Sister trips are so much fun.

    We love Fall trips because you get to hit Halloween and food and wine. I don't know if you'll include Universal in your trip but we love Halloween Horror Nights over there too. Fall 2021 might be more crowded for the 50th but who really knows what anything will be like by then lol.

    Pop Century is our go-to resort because it's budget friendly and we never spend a lot of time at the resort. Since Pop has the skyliner, I feel like a Pop/monorail resort split stay would be convenient if you plan your park time out that way!
     

    Bama Mom

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    Dec 13, 2017
    Joining in. I am currently planning a girls trip with my two sisters and some of our daughters/daughters-in-law. That makes it rtricky not knowing who all is actually coming on the trip. We originally were talking about going October 2021 but now will probably go in June 2021 if it works for the sister having a son graduate high school in May 2021.
     





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