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Pre-trip report still can't believe it

Sat, 2017-05-13 23:28
When: sept.22nd thru Oct.3rd
Where: all-star sports(with free dining)
Who:
Myself 50 Disney obsessed
My Dh 60 tagging along
My dd 28 surprised me with this trip as a gift/ also Disney obsessed


We will be attending:

Hoop dee do revue
Seed tour(requested by Dh)
Mickeys not so scary Halloween party

And a few sit down meals. Having free dining is freeing up funds to do a few things that we have always wanted to try. Thanks for reading
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Pre-trip report still can't believe it

Sat, 2017-05-13 23:28
When: sept.22nd thru Oct.3rd
Where: all-star sports(with free dining)
Who:
Myself 50 Disney obsessed
My Dh 60 tagging along
My dd 28 surprised me with this trip as a gift/ also Disney obsessed


We will be attending:

Hoop dee do revue
Seed tour(requested by Dh)
Mickeys not so scary Halloween party

And a few sit down meals. Having free dining is freeing up funds to do a few things that we have always wanted to try. Thanks for reading
Categories: Disney Blogs

Boardwalk Villas Review - Auto Save Lost Post

Sat, 2017-05-13 22:43
I just finished typing a review .... all during the process it kept "auto saving". Somehow, I got signed off/disconnected.....

Is my post somewhere to be found?

Thanks.
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Boardwalk Villas Review - Auto Save Lost Post

Sat, 2017-05-13 22:43
I just finished typing a review .... all during the process it kept "auto saving". Somehow, I got signed off/disconnected.....

Is my post somewhere to be found?

Thanks.
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This time its OUR vacation - Pre-trip report

Sat, 2017-05-13 17:19
Cast:
Me – 30, too many trips to count!
DH – 30, later convert, 5th trip
DS – 2 and 3/4s, 2nd trip, loves all things Mickey, Cars, Monster Inc and Moana

When:
June 8th – June 16th, Saratoga Springs Resort, deluxe studio DVC rental

What we’re celebrating:
Surviving my first year as a high school bio teacher!
Little man turning three in just a few short weeks!

Meals:
Ohana Dinner
California Grill
The Boathouse
Via Napoli
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno
Skipper Canteen
Tiffins
Tusker House Breakfast
Jiko
Marrakesh
Kona Cafe

Background:
This time its OUR vacation. The last two trips we’ve taken (January 2014, December 2015) we were with DH’s parents and siblings and then my parents and siblings. Both trips were amazing (we told my inlaws I was pregnant with their first grandchild on the 2014 trip and took our son for his first trip on the 2015 one) but with big groups comes compromise and chaos. This trip we decided it is just the three of us! It is our first full vacation just us, without other family or work obligations getting in the way.

Game plan:
Full Disclosure: I am an obsessive, spreadsheet planner and have been planning this trip since September. Brace yourselves for my OCD.

June 8
Leave from NC by 4am, we are road tripping! We park hop a lot and really prefer to have our own vehicle. My mom has graciously agreed to stay at our house with our animals while we are away. Arrive by 2 pm. Check in if room is ready. This is our first trip renting DVC points. Head off to the Poly for our first dinner reservation, 3:45 pm at Ohana. Maybe take a spin on the monorail. Back to Saratoga Springs after to unpack, maybe pool or the playground depending on how DS is feeling.

June 9
Be at the Magic Kingdom by 8 am for opening. We can’t wait to see DS’s face this trip. Fast passes for Pooh, Peter Pan and Haunted Mansion. Counter service lunch, break at the hotel then potentially, depending on how DS is doing, off to Epcot for a bit. Dinner at 5:45 at the California Grill. Off to Hollywood Studios after to see the new Pixar music show and the Star Wars fireworks.

June 10
Plan is to be at AK early. They open at 7am, I doubt I can convince DH or DS to see that opening time. We’ll shoot for 8. Fast passes for Na’vi River, Safari and Bugs Life. Counter service lunch. Back to the hotel to relax fairly early and hit the pool. Grab the boat to Disney Springs for shopping. Dinner at 7:30 at the Boathouse.

June 11
Hollywood Studios by 8am. Hit the big attractions first then take in some shows. Counter service lunch and hopefully take advantage of the Disney visa Star Wars meet and greet. Break/pool back at the hotel. Off to Epcot around 3, fastpasses for Spaceship Earth, Pixar and Frozen. Dinner at 6:10 at Via Napoli and Illuminations.

June 12
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk at 7:30. So excited to try out this new character breakfast! Off to Magic Kingdom after. Midafternoon break at the hotel then off to the Animal Kingdom around 3pm. Fastpasses for Lion King, Flights of Wonder and an after dark Safari. Dinner at Tiffins. We scored the dining package so we’ll have reserved seating for the first showing of Rivers of Light and will hopefully swing back through Pandora after to take in the night time atmosphere.

June 13
Off to Epcot for a 9am opening. Hit Soarin and Test Track, neither of which I could work out fast passes into our plans. Head back to the hotel for a break by late morning and grab lunch at the Saratoga Springs Pool. Off to the Magic Kingdom by 4. Fast passes for Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Speedway, Space Mountain and Buzz. Dinner at 5:20 at the Skipper Canteen. Happily Ever After fireworks show tonight!

June 14
Breakfast at the Tusker House at 8:30 (a MUST DO every trip). Catch which ever attractions we’ve yet to hit in Animal Kingdom then back to the hotel for downtime and pool. 5:30 dinner at Jiko (another MUST DO for us). Off to Hollywood Studios after. Fast passes for Little Mermaid, Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, Tower of Terror. Game plan is to catch Fantasmic tonight.

June 15
To the Magic Kingdom by 9 am for opening. Take in whatever we haven’t done and soak up as much magic as possible. Counter service lunch at either Magic Kingdom or when we head off to Epcot after. Head to Epcot by 3 at the latest. Fastpasses for Spaceship Earth, Turtle Talk and Frozen. Dinner at Marrakesh at 5:45, Illuminations one last time this trip (Unless Happily Ever after really blows us away and we opt to see that again).

June 16
Headed home today ☹ One last meal before we go: breakfast at Kona Café and maybe some shopping at Disney Springs. Then its back to the road an reality but hey, at least I’m a teacher now and we have the whole summer before us!
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This time its OUR vacation - Pre-trip report

Sat, 2017-05-13 17:19
Cast:
Me – 30, too many trips to count!
DH – 30, later convert, 5th trip
DS – 2 and 3/4s, 2nd trip, loves all things Mickey, Cars, Monster Inc and Moana

When:
June 8th – June 16th, Saratoga Springs Resort, deluxe studio DVC rental

What we’re celebrating:
Surviving my first year as a high school bio teacher!
Little man turning three in just a few short weeks!

Meals:
Ohana Dinner
California Grill
The Boathouse
Via Napoli
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno
Skipper Canteen
Tiffins
Tusker House Breakfast
Jiko
Marrakesh
Kona Cafe

Background:
This time its OUR vacation. The last two trips we’ve taken (January 2014, December 2015) we were with DH’s parents and siblings and then my parents and siblings. Both trips were amazing (we told my inlaws I was pregnant with their first grandchild on the 2014 trip and took our son for his first trip on the 2015 one) but with big groups comes compromise and chaos. This trip we decided it is just the three of us! It is our first full vacation just us, without other family or work obligations getting in the way.

Game plan:
Full Disclosure: I am an obsessive, spreadsheet planner and have been planning this trip since September. Brace yourselves for my OCD.

June 8
Leave from NC by 4am, we are road tripping! We park hop a lot and really prefer to have our own vehicle. My mom has graciously agreed to stay at our house with our animals while we are away. Arrive by 2 pm. Check in if room is ready. This is our first trip renting DVC points. Head off to the Poly for our first dinner reservation, 3:45 pm at Ohana. Maybe take a spin on the monorail. Back to Saratoga Springs after to unpack, maybe pool or the playground depending on how DS is feeling.

June 9
Be at the Magic Kingdom by 8 am for opening. We can’t wait to see DS’s face this trip. Fast passes for Pooh, Peter Pan and Haunted Mansion. Counter service lunch, break at the hotel then potentially, depending on how DS is doing, off to Epcot for a bit. Dinner at 5:45 at the California Grill. Off to Hollywood Studios after to see the new Pixar music show and the Star Wars fireworks.

June 10
Plan is to be at AK early. They open at 7am, I doubt I can convince DH or DS to see that opening time. We’ll shoot for 8. Fast passes for Na’vi River, Safari and Bugs Life. Counter service lunch. Back to the hotel to relax fairly early and hit the pool. Grab the boat to Disney Springs for shopping. Dinner at 7:30 at the Boathouse.

June 11
Hollywood Studios by 8am. Hit the big attractions first then take in some shows. Counter service lunch and hopefully take advantage of the Disney visa Star Wars meet and greet. Break/pool back at the hotel. Off to Epcot around 3, fastpasses for Spaceship Earth, Pixar and Frozen. Dinner at 6:10 at Via Napoli and Illuminations.

June 12
Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno at the Boardwalk at 7:30. So excited to try out this new character breakfast! Off to Magic Kingdom after. Midafternoon break at the hotel then off to the Animal Kingdom around 3pm. Fastpasses for Lion King, Flights of Wonder and an after dark Safari. Dinner at Tiffins. We scored the dining package so we’ll have reserved seating for the first showing of Rivers of Light and will hopefully swing back through Pandora after to take in the night time atmosphere.

June 13
Off to Epcot for a 9am opening. Hit Soarin and Test Track, neither of which I could work out fast passes into our plans. Head back to the hotel for a break by late morning and grab lunch at the Saratoga Springs Pool. Off to the Magic Kingdom by 4. Fast passes for Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Speedway, Space Mountain and Buzz. Dinner at 5:20 at the Skipper Canteen. Happily Ever After fireworks show tonight!

June 14
Breakfast at the Tusker House at 8:30 (a MUST DO every trip). Catch which ever attractions we’ve yet to hit in Animal Kingdom then back to the hotel for downtime and pool. 5:30 dinner at Jiko (another MUST DO for us). Off to Hollywood Studios after. Fast passes for Little Mermaid, Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, Tower of Terror. Game plan is to catch Fantasmic tonight.

June 15
To the Magic Kingdom by 9 am for opening. Take in whatever we haven’t done and soak up as much magic as possible. Counter service lunch at either Magic Kingdom or when we head off to Epcot after. Head to Epcot by 3 at the latest. Fastpasses for Spaceship Earth, Turtle Talk and Frozen. Dinner at Marrakesh at 5:45, Illuminations one last time this trip (Unless Happily Ever after really blows us away and we opt to see that again).

June 16
Headed home today ☹ One last meal before we go: breakfast at Kona Café and maybe some shopping at Disney Springs. Then its back to the road an reality but hey, at least I’m a teacher now and we have the whole summer before us!
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Wanna help me make some dining decisions?

Sat, 2017-05-13 14:32
I'm thinking 6 days in the World, so I'm looking at narrowing down to 6 dinners - ohmigoodness!
1. We're staying at Riverside, so we'll probably have one resort day and just eat at Boatwrights...unless you think it is so "meh" that we'd be better off heading out...
2. 'Ohana is the "must do" for my family, so that's a given
3. Be our Guest - is this worth it? I'm interested since it is new, but want some honest opinions. And it bills itself as "French" - is it? See question below...
4. Epcot - always wanted to try Chefs de France (Is it good? or would it be redundant if Be Our Guest is actually French?) OR Le Cellier
5. Is there anywhere really worth eating at Hollywood Studios, or are we better off heading to a resort? Always kinda looked at 50's Prime Time, but while it looks fun I'm not sure it's worth it. (we did do SciFi once...and I found it overall rather a weird experience, LOL)
6. We've never been to the Boardwalk resort and I'd like to see it - anywhere worth eating there, EITHER for dinner OR as a counter service lunch?
7. If you did just ONE Signature restaurant which would you do? We've only tried Cali Grill
8. And is there anyplace great to eat in Animal Kingdom Park, or is that another day I should head to a resort?
9. And lastly - are there any other nice places at RESORTS that I haven't thought of? Not Signature...but also not character meals, since no young kids. We are open to buffets if they are decent.

Whew! Thanks for even reading all that ;-)
Categories: Disney Blogs

Wanna help me make some dining decisions?

Sat, 2017-05-13 14:32
I'm thinking 6 days in the World, so I'm looking at narrowing down to 6 dinners - ohmigoodness!
1. We're staying at Riverside, so we'll probably have one resort day and just eat at Boatwrights...unless you think it is so "meh" that we'd be better off heading out...
2. 'Ohana is the "must do" for my family, so that's a given
3. Be our Guest - is this worth it? I'm interested since it is new, but want some honest opinions. And it bills itself as "French" - is it? See question below...
4. Epcot - always wanted to try Chefs de France (Is it good? or would it be redundant if Be Our Guest is actually French?) OR Le Cellier
5. Is there anywhere really worth eating at Hollywood Studios, or are we better off heading to a resort? Always kinda looked at 50's Prime Time, but while it looks fun I'm not sure it's worth it. (we did do SciFi once...and I found it overall rather a weird experience, LOL)
6. We've never been to the Boardwalk resort and I'd like to see it - anywhere worth eating there, EITHER for dinner OR as a counter service lunch?
7. If you did just ONE Signature restaurant which would you do? We've only tried Cali Grill
8. And is there anyplace great to eat in Animal Kingdom Park, or is that another day I should head to a resort?
9. And lastly - are there any other nice places at RESORTS that I haven't thought of? Not Signature...but also not character meals, since no young kids. We are open to buffets if they are decent.

Whew! Thanks for even reading all that ;-)
Categories: Disney Blogs

Happily Ever After

Sat, 2017-05-13 05:26
When Disney announced WISHES would be ending I was very sad. I have loved that show since it started. I did no think I could possibly like a new show. Well I was wrong! The premier of Happily Ever After was fantastic! I can not wait to see it again and again:mickey:
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Happily Ever After

Sat, 2017-05-13 05:26
When Disney announced WISHES would be ending I was very sad. I have loved that show since it started. I did no think I could possibly like a new show. Well I was wrong! The premier of Happily Ever After was fantastic! I can not wait to see it again and again:mickey:
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Tratloria Al Forno

Fri, 2017-05-12 12:27
Is this new breakfast really that popular that it is already booked up for November? I tried making reservations for breakfast at my 180 days this morning and nothing is available. I had read last week on another site that people were being able to get in easily.
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Tratloria Al Forno

Fri, 2017-05-12 12:27
Is this new breakfast really that popular that it is already booked up for November? I tried making reservations for breakfast at my 180 days this morning and nothing is available. I had read last week on another site that people were being able to get in easily.
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2018 Fall Sailings

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:27
The Disney Cruise Line has announced their Fall 2018 Itineraries:

Quote: Originally Posted by Disney Parks & Resorts
In addition to the new itineraries from New York to Bermuda and Canada, three special sailings from New York will take guests to Walt Disney World Resort and our private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

What’s more, we’ll continue sailing from California, Texas and Florida, giving you a host of incredible options for your family vacation in fall 2018. Here’s the full scoop…

New sailings to Bermuda from New York

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line guests can sail to the beautiful island of Bermuda. Each of the five-night sailings includes two full days in Bermuda, while one special six-night sailing includes three days there.

An idyllic setting for outdoor enjoyment, Bermuda offers its famous pink sand beaches and a range of water activities. Shopping and sightseeing are plentiful and, at only 21 square miles, the island is easy to navigate and explore. With its own distinctive blend of British and Caribbean culture, Bermuda boasts a rich history in sailing, a passion for cricket and a truly unique national attire – Bermuda shorts.

Disney Magic cruises to Bermuda from New York set sail in October 2018.

New cruises between New York and Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City, Canada, a new port for Disney Cruise Line, will be featured on two new itineraries sailing between New York and Quebec City. Both of these sailings include two full days in Quebec City as well as stops at other Canadian ports new to Disney Cruise Line – Saguenay and Baie-Comeau.

With towering fortresses, lavish castles, cobblestone streets and French-inspired cuisine, Quebec City offers a taste of European charm. Must-see sights include the historic and grand Chateau Frontenac hotel and the impressive Montmorency Falls, which measure 30 meters taller than Niagara Falls. Both Saguenay and Baie-Comeau offer natural beauty, picturesque ports and local cuisine featuring plentiful seafood, wild game and the indigenous and delectable cloudberries.

Two seven-night Disney Magic cruises between New York and Quebec City depart in September 2018.

More magic from New York on sailings to Walt Disney World Resort and Castaway Cay

Fall 2018 Disney Magic sailings from New York also include three seven-night voyages to Walt Disney World Resort. Each cruise includes a stop in Port Canaveral, Florida, located near Walt Disney World Resort, and a day at Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Adding to the magic on these special sailings, every guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and round-trip transportation between the ship and the theme parks. During their visit, guests can enjoy experiences like the new Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which will immerse guests in a mystical world of massive floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and breathtaking new experiences.

Back by Popular Demand: Cruises from California, Texas and Florida

In September and October 2018, the Disney Wonder will sail from San Diego, California to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. Baja sailings visit Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico, both famous for stunning beaches and exciting water activities. Mexican Riviera sailings features snorkeling and scuba diving hot spots Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas.

In November and December 2018, the Disney Wonder returns to Galveston, Texas with a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries. All cruises to the Bahamas include a stop at Castaway Cay.

In December 2018, the Disney Magic will return to Miami with voyages to the Western Caribbean and Bahamas, including stops at Key West and Castaway Cay.
During late 2018, the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will continue to sail a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, with every sailing including a day at Castaway Cay.

Bookings open to the public on May 18, 2017. More details on 2018 itineraries can be found on the Ports and Itineraries for 2018 page of disneycruise.com.
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2018 Fall Sailings

Fri, 2017-05-12 02:27
The Disney Cruise Line has announced their Fall 2018 Itineraries: ---Quote (Originally by Disney Parks & Resorts)--- In addition to the new itineraries from New York to Bermuda and Canada, three special sailings from New York will take guests to Walt Disney World Resort and our private...
Categories: Disney Blogs

Best offsite Dinning

Thu, 2017-05-11 16:51
I am trying to save some money and trying to avoid some heavy crowds by eating offsite this summer. I have a very allergic daughter to seafood and nuts. Anyplace offsite that is worth trying?
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Best offsite Dinning

Thu, 2017-05-11 16:51
I am trying to save some money and trying to avoid some heavy crowds by eating offsite this summer. I have a very allergic daughter to seafood and nuts. Anyplace offsite that is worth trying?
Categories: Disney Blogs

Aulani- need info on early checkin/ late checkout

Thu, 2017-05-11 16:13
We've stayed at Aulani before, but didn't have this situation come up. We'll be staying for 1 night, and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with early check-in and a late check-out. We are wanting to get there early (probably around 9 am) on the day we check-in, and then try to stay later on the next day we check out (probably until 5-6 pm). Once we check in, even if the rooms not ready, I'm assuming we'll have full access to the pools and amenities. I'm trying to figure out the next day- once we check out (at 11) will we still have access to the pools? I didn't know how their system works. I remember we got wristbands every day at the pool- they checked our room card/IDs to get the bands. So on our check-out day, that morning before we check out we can get our pool id's, play, pack up, then officially check-out. Looks like they have dedicated rooms for guests who have checked out to shower/ store things in lockers while they wait to leave. So we could technically stay all day using the pools, even after check-out? As long as we have that day's wristband, we should be good to go?
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Aulani- need info on early checkin/ late checkout

Thu, 2017-05-11 16:13
We've stayed at Aulani before, but didn't have this situation come up. We'll be staying for 1 night, and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with early check-in and a late check-out. We are wanting to get there early (probably around 9 am) on the day we check-in, and then try to stay later on the next day we check out (probably until 5-6 pm). Once we check in, even if the rooms not ready, I'm assuming we'll have full access to the pools and amenities. I'm trying to figure out the next day- once we check out (at 11) will we still have access to the pools? I didn't know how their system works. I remember we got wristbands every day at the pool- they checked our room card/IDs to get the bands. So on our check-out day, that morning before we check out we can get our pool id's, play, pack up, then officially check-out. Looks like they have dedicated rooms for guests who have checked out to shower/ store things in lockers while they wait to leave. So we could technically stay all day using the pools, even after check-out? As long as we have that day's wristband, we should be good to go?
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DVC MS/Site Upcoming Closures

Thu, 2017-05-11 16:00
Member Accounting Closure May 12, 2017
Member Accounting will be closed from 9:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, May 12, 2017. Member Accounting will re-open at 1:00 PM.

Password-protected Areas of Website Unavailable May 15-16, 2017
In order to accommodate behind-the-scenes updates, all password-protected areas of this website will be temporarily unavailable on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 10:30 PM until Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:30 AM Eastern Time. All of us at Disney Vacation Club appreciate your understanding as we update our systems.
All of us at Disney Vacation Club appreciate your understanding as we update our systems and we look forward to welcoming you "home" again soon.
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DVC MS/Site Upcoming Closures

Thu, 2017-05-11 16:00
Member Accounting Closure May 12, 2017
Member Accounting will be closed from 9:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, May 12, 2017. Member Accounting will re-open at 1:00 PM.

Password-protected Areas of Website Unavailable May 15-16, 2017
In order to accommodate behind-the-scenes updates, all password-protected areas of this website will be temporarily unavailable on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 10:30 PM until Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:30 AM Eastern Time. All of us at Disney Vacation Club appreciate your understanding as we update our systems.
All of us at Disney Vacation Club appreciate your understanding as we update our systems and we look forward to welcoming you "home" again soon.
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