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Thread: Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ May 2009

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickesy, post: 73494
    Yeah, maybe next time - which will be for mine and WDW's 40th birthday
    Oh what a great place to spend your 40th. Is that when you are planning on doing a cruise, I saw that in your ticker and wondered about it.

    April 2009 ~ Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ New Pre Trip Report
    April 2008 ~ CSR & Villa; July 2006 ~ Port Orleans, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Miami; January 2005 ~ All Star Movies; July 1998 ~ I-drive and Fort Lauderdale
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    Re: Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ Pt. 6

    The One Where The Magic Really Begins...
    ...Way Before We Even Get To WDW


    To Make A Holiday Practically Perfect You Need To Have A Perfect Plan

    A Little Bit Of Magic On The Side

    Well since we have been planning on going back, and I have been a very busy girl planning everything to make this another wonderful holiday for us both, Nick has been doing his part and been wonderful in showering me with little Disney surprises and gifts

    A few little surprises







    And a few gifts from a trip to the Disney Store



    The Tigger hot water bottle he brought me when we were out shopping elsewhere

    Of course I love Disney presents at any time, but during the booking and planning process it makes it even more exciting. And even more determined to make this another amazing holiday with even more magical moments

    April 2009 ~ Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ New Pre Trip Report
    April 2008 ~ CSR & Villa; July 2006 ~ Port Orleans, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Miami; January 2005 ~ All Star Movies; July 1998 ~ I-drive and Fort Lauderdale
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ariel2008, post: 73497
    Oh what a great place to spend your 40th. Is that when you are planning on doing a cruise, I saw that in your ticker and wondered about it.
    The cruise is the year before. I've always wanted to do a Disney cruise but been put off because they are so short, so when I saw that they were doing longer cruises from Dover in 2010 I got interested and when I found out that one of them would mean me spending my birthday at sea on the Disney Magic the deal was sealed. We are doing the 12 night Northern European capitals cruise and I managed to get us an outside cabin with balcony and an onboard credit of $600.

    I haven't really worked out what we are doing in 2011 yet but I definitely want to be at WDW for October 1st so, depending on how our DVC points work out, we will either do a week including 23rd June (my 40th) and a week including October 1st or just two weeks in September/October.

    Anyway I mustn't hijack your report. The presents are great - I put that Sleeping Beauty DVD on my Christmas wish-list earlier this afternoon. :thumbs_up:
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    Quote Originally Posted by wickesy, post: 73509
    The cruise is the year before. I've always wanted to do a Disney cruise but been put off because they are so short, so when I saw that they were doing longer cruises from Dover in 2010 I got interested and when I found out that one of them would mean me spending my birthday at sea on the Disney Magic the deal was sealed. We are doing the 12 night Northern European capitals cruise and I managed to get us an outside cabin with balcony and an onboard credit of $600.

    I haven't really worked out what we are doing in 2011 yet but I definitely want to be at WDW for October 1st so, depending on how our DVC points work out, we will either do a week including 23rd June (my 40th) and a week including October 1st or just two weeks in September/October.

    Anyway I mustn't hijack your report. The presents are great - I put that Sleeping Beauty DVD on my Christmas wish-list earlier this afternoon. :thumbs_up:
    OMG so jealous of the Disney Cruise. I actually considered doing it next year with our WDW trip, but we would have only been able to do one of the 3 or 4 night ones to be able to have 2 weeks in Disney too. Nick really isn't convinced of the idea, and I wasn't 100% so I left it... for now anyway. I definitely want to do one soon, preferably the 7 night one that goes to Mexico.
    The one your doing sounds great, and having an outside cabin is definitely the way to go. When I heard the Magic was coming over I couldn't believe it, but its quite far off so we can't really book anything. I really, really want to do the cruise that goes from Barcelona back to Florida though, I think that would be amazing.

    You should definitely go to WDW over your 40th, it would be unforgettable.

    April 2009 ~ Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ New Pre Trip Report
    April 2008 ~ CSR & Villa; July 2006 ~ Port Orleans, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Miami; January 2005 ~ All Star Movies; July 1998 ~ I-drive and Fort Lauderdale
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    Re: Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ Pt. 6

    The One Where The Magic Really Begins...
    ...Way Before We Even Get To WDW



    To Make A Holiday Practically Perfect You Need To Have A Perfect Plan
    In Pursuit of the 'Perfect Plan'


    So our exciting plans have been revealed, and for those who cant remember here they are:

    Dates: April 26th - May 18th

    Flying: Virgin Atlantic

    Accommodation:

    • 13 nights Port Orleans French Quarter
    • 2 nights Royal Pacific Resort
    • 7 nights Polynesian Resort



    But believe me, this plan was not our original idea, or even our second or third idea. In fact our final plan was probably idea number 38. Ok that may be a bit of exaggeration, but there were quite a few plans before we finally, and very happily, settled on this one. So I thought I would enlighten you all with our journey in pursuit of the 'Perfect Plan'.

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    Original plan:


    • 12 nights POFQ
    • 1 night Dolphin Resort
    • 2 nights RPR
    • 7 nights Polynesian - Castle View




    Now we both absolutely loved this plan to pieces,I cannot tell you how much, it was a dream plan and we were so excited about it :smiley4:
    We choose POFQ and RPR for reasons I have stated before. We initially thought if we went back we would spend one night in Tampa at the Hard Rock Hotel there. This way we wouldn't have to get up quite so early to get to Busch Garden's, we could experience a bit more of Florida and spend a day at the water park there. Well we quickly decided against this idea for various reasons, but had a 1 night gap in our plan. Of course we could have just added another night at POFQ but we wanted to try somewhere new. We first thought of the Gaylord Palms as whenever we pass it I really want to have a look inside, but then thought about the Dolphin. The main reason was we planned to eat in Shula's Steakhouse which is there, and staying there would make it easier, but we also loved the look of the pool and have heard good reports of the spa there, so this was going to become our relaxation day. The main part we were looking forward to though was the 7 nights at the Polynesian, with that amazing Magic Kingdom View. We talked about how amazing it was going to be to stay there, to have all the great restaurants right there, Magic Kingdom at our fingertips, to be able to walk along the beach at night, to swim in that wonderful pool and to be in amongst the beautiful tropical atmosphere for 7 whole nights. And most of all to be able to just sit on our balcony and watch Wishes, and watch all the beautiful boats sail across the glistening waters of Seven Sea's Lagoon with the gorgeous castle right in our view.

    12 nights POFQ


    1 night Dolphin Resort


    2 night RPR


    7 nights Polynesian


    And this would be our amazing view






    We had this as our plan for quite a while, we both loved it so there was no reason to change it. But when I thought about it properly it started to bug me a little. And what bugged me was the fact that 13 nights in POFQ was going to cost over £1000 less than just 7 at the Polynesian. Well I mentioned it to Nick, who up to this point had not thought about it, but as soon as I put that thought in his head the plan began to crumble. Yes we could afford it, but did we want to really spend £3000 on accommodation for 1 week? Well yes we did, after all we are talking about the Polynesian, but putting on our stupid sensible heads, and thinking about how that £1000 could be better spent, we let our heads, not our hearts rule against this plan, which led us, very unhappily, to plan number 2...


    April 2009 ~ Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ New Pre Trip Report
    April 2008 ~ CSR & Villa; July 2006 ~ Port Orleans, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Miami; January 2005 ~ All Star Movies; July 1998 ~ I-drive and Fort Lauderdale
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    The dreaded sensible head, I had to put that on when Bay Lake Towers was officially announced as DVC at the Contemporary Resort. That MK view is very seductive isn't it. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by wickesy, post: 73532
    The dreaded sensible head, I had to put that on when Bay Lake Towers was officially announced as DVC at the Contemporary Resort. That MK view is very seductive isn't it. :(
    Oh Bay Lake Towers look so nice, but then all DVC so which ever you choose would be amazing. I'm so jealous, I'm desperate to buy into DVC, maybe soon ;)

    April 2009 ~ Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ New Pre Trip Report
    April 2008 ~ CSR & Villa; July 2006 ~ Port Orleans, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Miami; January 2005 ~ All Star Movies; July 1998 ~ I-drive and Fort Lauderdale
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    Re: Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ Pt. 6

    The One Where The Magic Really Begins...
    ...Way Before We Even Get To WDW



    To Make A Holiday Practically Perfect You Need To Have A Perfect Plan
    In Pursuit of the 'Perfect Plan' ... Pt.2



    So that brings us to Plan 2

    Plan 2:

    * 12 nights POFQ
    * 1 night Dolphin Resort
    * 2 nights RPR
    * 7 nights at either Yacht or Beach Club, The Boardwalk or Animal Kingdom Lodge



    So we left off with Nick and I deciding that maybe our initial plan wasn't the most sensible, and begrudgingly decided to think of new ideas. We believed the first part of the plan was still what we wanted, so we planned to keep that, we just needed to rethink the final part. First of all we considered staying in the Polynesian, without the amazing Castle View. Now, I admit I can be pretty stubborn, and this really came into play here with me saying that I wasn't going to stay in the Polynesian if I didn't get my stupid castle view. I know, I know, you may be thinking how can anyone really moan about staying in the Polynesian, but I think I was just feeling extra sorry for myself that the plan we thought we were going to do for quite some time, the plan we were both so happy with, was not going to happen. And it was my stupid fault for even thinking about the money thing. Well lesson learned for next time, 'When planning a Disney holiday in future do not even consider money, it can only lead to bad things'.
    So after I got over myself we decided we would just pick another deluxe resort, and in the process save ourselves £800-£1000 (in head calculates that would get a Coach bag and something pretty from Tiffany's :p). There were a few different Deluxe resorts we liked for various reasons:

    The Yacht Club or Beach Club:
    We stayed in the Yacht Club last time for a night and loved the resort and the pool. We love the area with the Boardwalk, having all the restaurants right there, and also being able to just walk to Epcot and MGM.



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    The Boardwalk:
    I really wanted to try a new resort, as I plan to stay in them all, and I love the look and feel of the Boardwalk. Like the Y&B Club I love the thought of having all those great restaurants right there, and being able to walk to Epcot and MGM. I have also seen lots of reports and pictures of the Boardwalk and really want to stay there soon.



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    Animal Kingdom Lodge:
    We stayed here a few years ago and we loved this resort. It is just so beautiful and so unique. And the thought of being able to sit on the balcony eating breakfast whilst watching all the animals graze below, and sitting round the firepit drinking hot chocolate (yes I know its hardly cold there but its what it makes me think of), made me really want to stay there again.



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    We hadn't completely decided which resort we were going to choose, just one of the 4. And then we did it again, we thought about the money :(. You would think we would have learn't our lesson after what happened last time we did it, but no, the sensible head was on again. I looked at how much it would be if we stayed at a Moderate instead of a Deluxe and figured that if we went for a Moderate we could pay the holiday outright meaning we could spend the next few months concentrating on park passes, tours and the all important food and spending money. So we discussed it, and actually pretty easily decided against this plan. But what were we going to do now... Well that brings us to Plan 3...

    April 2009 ~ Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ New Pre Trip Report
    April 2008 ~ CSR & Villa; July 2006 ~ Port Orleans, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Miami; January 2005 ~ All Star Movies; July 1998 ~ I-drive and Fort Lauderdale
    :tiggersblinkie:
    DLP ~ 1993, 1995, 2001, NYE 2006, 2007, Halloween 2008



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    So after I got over myself we decided we would just pick another deluxe resort, and in the process save ourselves £800-£1000 (in head calculates that would get a Coach bag and something pretty from Tiffany's :p)
    Gotta love that female logic.
    David






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    Quote Originally Posted by wickesy, post: 73591
    Gotta love that female logic.
    I know, its great :p

    April 2009 ~ Our Magical WDW Adventure ~ Take 2 ~ New Pre Trip Report
    April 2008 ~ CSR & Villa; July 2006 ~ Port Orleans, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Miami; January 2005 ~ All Star Movies; July 1998 ~ I-drive and Fort Lauderdale
    :tiggersblinkie:
    DLP ~ 1993, 1995, 2001, NYE 2006, 2007, Halloween 2008



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