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Subbing.

We are such Disney freaks we're driving from Ohio to Orlando next Friday with 10-week-old twins! We just can't stand not to use our DVC points. Staying in a 1br at Saratoga - not my favorite resort, but the best we could get on short notice.

Planning on getting the dining plan. I'll never lose the last 12 pounds of baby weight! I can't wait to eat the watermelon salad at Boma!

I just ordered a Moby so that I can nurse while standing in lines!
It seems like SSR is the only thing that is open if you don't book right at 11 or 7 months out now a days. Oh well, at least SSR is a nice place! Be sure to request a room. We like the springs, close to the pool and bus stops. You can get really far out there with some rooms.

I have never had watermelon salad at Bomas (one palce we haven't ate at.)

I love the strawberry soup at 1900 park fare though.

What a drive from Ohio. I hope you have good weather for the drive.
post #102 of 819
Boma is my favorite restaurant at Disney. I love the food, and the ambience is incredible, too. I requested the Springs - really hope it is honored. Last time we had an awesome view of DTD, but we had to take a BUS to pool!
post #103 of 819
I also love Boma, very good tea too!

Anyone that has stayed at the GF with conceirge, can you tell me what the conceirge is like? Do they offer anything different than other conceirge? We have stayed at the Poly conceirge. I was talking about it last night with my parents and we were wondering what kind of fare they offer.

TIA,

Dani
post #104 of 819
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Anyone that has stayed at the GF with conceirge, can you tell me what the conceirge is like? Do they offer anything different than other conceirge? We have stayed at the Poly conceirge.
Dani, we stayed in Sugar Loaf which is one of the levels of concierge at the GF. The other concierge is the Royal Palm Club. SL is in it's own bldg like at the Polynesian. The RPC is located on the upper levels of the main bldg at the GF. They both have the same offerings, but the RPC costs more money because it is in the main bldg. The setup in SL is more like a bed and breakfast. There is no tv area and the lounge is quite smaller than the Polynesian. There aren't as many tables at SL. There are more sofas and chairs to sit on. The GF offers more food offerings with more food and drinks throughout the day then the Polynesian.
Here is the time of the different offerings:
Coffee ~ 6:30-7:00
Grand Beginnings ~ 7-10:30
Refreshments ~10:30-2:30
Afternoon Tea ~3-4:30
Twilight Refreshers ~ 5-7
Cordials and Desserts 8-10

I enjoyed the food service at the GF more than the Polynesian, but I prefer the lounge setup much more at the Polynesian.

If you have any other specific questions let me know.
post #105 of 819
Mirlow---Thanks so much for all that great info!

At the Grand Beginnings time do they have a pretty wide range of bfast foods? Stuff for kids/toddlers? I remember them having waffles, fruit and cereal for bfast at the Poly, is that about the same at the GF?

Oh, my dh wondered if they serve scotch at the cordials hour (yuck! )

We usually do our bfast at the concierge, a big lunch somewhere special, and then dinner at the concierge along with all the snack times too.


I'll be back with more questions I'm sure before we go!

Dani
post #106 of 819
Hi. May I join you? It looks like ds may be granted a trip to Disney from Make A Wish. We are awaiting his actual "interview" but ds wants to "fly with Peter" and where else can that possibly happen but Disney? So I am an overplanner (having a special needs child will do that) and have already started the research and planning. We're hoping the trip will happen for his fifth b-day in June. This will be both kids first time, my second and dh's third trip. It's been over 15 yrs for me and over 20 for dh. I'm really excited and nervous.
post #107 of 819
welcome Wendygrace :
post #108 of 819
welcome wendy!

have you checked out this book?

i really like the passporter books myself - and this one is specifically for people with special needs.
post #109 of 819
Welcome Wendygrace. How wonderful. Please keep us updated in it.

We are all sick around here. : It started with Lily on Monday. Her cough was so bad the doc wanted a chest x ray. It was clear so they just sent us home to wait it out. She is doing better, now Anna has had a fever for 2 days. : I am not feeling so great either. Our trip is in 10 days. I hope we are all better by then. : I am so going to need this break when we get it. I hate being the responsible parent. I don't want to spread this so we haven't left the house much. I haven't been able to do anything we planned since a week ago tmw. I have gotten out of the house twice. Once the girls were doing well enough to go to the store. (the brief 8 hours I had between the girls illness on Wednesday, or was it Thursday?) and yesterday DH was home so he let me go to the gym to work out (and sit in the steam room). That is where he is now.

On top of it we are suppose to get another winter storm tmw and Monday. So when people do finally get well enough to go out, we are not going to want to. I hear the weather was pretty good this week, but we didn't get out in it. Spring will come eventually right? At least Feb is almost over. I feel like the Dar Williams song about February and forgetting what a flower was.

Sorry, I am having a bit of a pity party. : I shouldn't. In 10 days I get a adult only trip to WDW! How cool is that? (still feeling guilty too though.)
post #110 of 819
Reporting in! We live behind the Magic Kingdom...I can see Wishes! from our patio and play the CD everynight when it comes on. (no...I don't have a problem) We go at least a couple of days a week. My DD has special needs and is homeschooled with all her lessons revolving around WDW. It has been a life saver for us, she has grown and blossomed so much in the last 2 years, the CM's who have known her for the whole 2 years we've been going can't believe she is the same kid. (Neither can I) We were going so much that when AOL laid off everyone in the state of FL (Incl DH) he went to work for the Mouse (he works in reservations delaing with people who have been 5 times or more)
post #111 of 819
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Reporting in! We live behind the Magic Kingdom...I can see Wishes! from our patio and play the CD everynight when it comes on. (no...I don't have a problem) We go at least a couple of days a week. My DD has special needs and is homeschooled with all her lessons revolving around WDW. It has been a life saver for us, she has grown and blossomed so much in the last 2 years, the CM's who have known her for the whole 2 years we've been going can't believe she is the same kid. (Neither can I) We were going so much that when AOL laid off everyone in the state of FL (Incl DH) he went to work for the Mouse (he works in reservations delaing with people who have been 5 times or more)

Hi mommy to MJ. Welcome. That is great about living so close and DD doing so well.

Not long to go for us. Just packing and last min things. Anna is at Disney on Ice with some friends right now, and when she comes back we are dropping her off at her aunt and uncles (just a few miles away.) The girls will spend the night there tonight since we leave at 4:45 for the airport tmw.

Just a little bit of packing left to do, but man it is so much less work when it is just us.

The only down side is I am not feeling well. The virus that got all a few weeks go is still lingering. For the most part we are better but I am so congested today and just feeling yucky. I hope it isn't an sinus infection. I don't have time to go to the doc before we leave.
post #112 of 819
Have a great time Mrs.PhD! I am sure it is going to be awesome!
post #113 of 819
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Reporting in! We live behind the Magic Kingdom...I can see Wishes! from our patio and play the CD everynight when it comes on. (no...I don't have a problem) We go at least a couple of days a week. My DD has special needs and is homeschooled with all her lessons revolving around WDW. It has been a life saver for us, she has grown and blossomed so much in the last 2 years, the CM's who have known her for the whole 2 years we've been going can't believe she is the same kid. (Neither can I) We were going so much that when AOL laid off everyone in the state of FL (Incl DH) he went to work for the Mouse (he works in reservations delaing with people who have been 5 times or more)
Yay!! You found us! Your DD is so blessed to have a wonderful momma like you!
post #114 of 819
Thanks for the welcome. We got our interview today and we're nearly assured a trip with Disney. They came prepared to talk about it as we mentioned ds' wish when they called to schedule. We requested to go down the Saturday before his birthday. He's not quite getting it just yet but we haven't just told him we're going either since it won't be set until they have all the reservations. I am soooo excited and have really gone into hyper planner mode...and its only been four hours since they left. LOL

Bonny, that is so neat that you live behind MK. Its amazing the things they do for the special needs kids. It reallyl is a magical place.
post #115 of 819
Hello! We love Disney around here, too. We went to Disneyworld for our honeymoon, and go to Disneyland 2+ times a year. We actually broke down and bought annual passports this year!
post #116 of 819
So we go to Disneyland on Saturday. Any packing tips for what to take for a mom, dad and 10 month old? Thanks!
post #117 of 819
We always bring lots of water & snacks. Bottled water at the park is kinda expensive, and we go through a lot of it. And their snacks are great, but things like goldfish & cheerios are a little hard to find. Have Fun!!
post #118 of 819
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Originally Posted by Rigama View Post
Howdy again!

Now that I've gotten our reservations taken care of, do you have any tips for good counter service meals?
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So we are thinking of taking our will be 10 month old with us to DisneyLand in March. Everyone thinks we are nuts. Are We?

I love Disneyland and DH really wants to go.
We took MJ at 10.5 mos to DL and to WDW at just after her 4th bday (although developmentally at that time she was closer to 1)


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welcome wendy!

have you checked out this book?

i really like the passporter books myself - and this one is specifically for people with special needs.
The second edition is in the works, I'm a peer reviewer for it and I know they use some of our experiences as examples. Any question anyone has about disabilities at Disney I am pretty sure I can answer. Between mine and MJ's Exceptionalities and my MANY friends who have them, I am pretty well versed. Feel free to fire questions away.

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Hi mommy to MJ. Welcome. That is great about living so close and DD doing so well.

Not long to go for us. Just packing and last min things. Anna is at Disney on Ice with some friends right now, and when she comes back we are dropping her off at her aunt and uncles (just a few miles away.) The girls will spend the night there tonight since we leave at 4:45 for the airport tmw.

Just a little bit of packing left to do, but man it is so much less work when it is just us.

The only down side is I am not feeling well. The virus that got all a few weeks go is still lingering. For the most part we are better but I am so congested today and just feeling yucky. I hope it isn't an sinus infection. I don't have time to go to the doc before we leave.
Awwww hugs! WDW can make a lot of things better though! If you get a change, look at our family pic and shout if you see us. (pics at MJ's Site)

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Yay!! You found us! Your DD is so blessed to have a wonderful momma like you!
Awww, thanks hon! Can't wait to meet up in July!

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Originally Posted by wendygrace View Post
Thanks for the welcome. We got our interview today and we're nearly assured a trip with Disney. They came prepared to talk about it as we mentioned ds' wish when they called to schedule. We requested to go down the Saturday before his birthday. He's not quite getting it just yet but we haven't just told him we're going either since it won't be set until they have all the reservations. I am soooo excited and have really gone into hyper planner mode...and its only been four hours since they left. LOL

Bonny, that is so neat that you live behind MK. Its amazing the things they do for the special needs kids. It reallyl is a magical place.
I am so glad you are getting a trip for your son, I think we are elgible for one for MJ, but she is non verbal and the only thing I can imagine her liking is a trip to DL. I have a lot of knowledge of Give Kids The World, how the GAC works, etc...feel free to ask me anything.
post #119 of 819
Thanks Bonny! I really appreciate it!

When will the new passporter be available? Our library doesn't have a copy and I was going to go search one out but if a new one is coming soon, I may just wait.

How far away is GKTW to Disney? And is it really worth it to go back mid-day for a nap to turn around and go to another park in late afternoon?

What accomodations can the GAC provide? I've never been to Disney with kids and the last time was when I was a teenager so I don't even know what type of accomodations to ask for. He has so many varied needs and invisible disabilities/issues.
post #120 of 819
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[quote=wendygrace;7481143]Thanks Bonny! I really appreciate it!

When will the new passporter be available? It'll be a few months, worth the wait I think for purchase. Our library doesn't have a copy and I was going to go search one out but if a new one is coming soon, I may just wait.

How far away is GKTW to Disney? GKTW is about 10 miles from Disney I think (I haven't clocked it, but I have driven past it) And is it really worth it to go back mid-day for a nap to turn around and go to another park in late afternoon? That depends...are your kids very used to napping? Do they need a nap and can they take one in the stroller while you and dad do something they might not like...Remember too, GKTW has a TON of stuff to do, I have heard families say that they could have spent the entrire trip at GKTW and not been bored. So it may be worth it to go back from that perspective.

What accomodations can the GAC provide? I've never been to Disney with kids and the last time was when I was a teenager so I don't even know what type of accomodations to ask for. He has so many varied needs and invisible disabilities/issues. The GAC for regular visitors (my daughter) and the GAC for your MAW trip look alike but are totally different. The regular GAC just tells Cast Members (CM's) what accomodations you need to enjoy an attraction.

The MAW GAC Allows you special seating in shows (near the front), to ride rides a couple of times in a row if your child wants, and to go to the front of the line. For any character, ride or show line, just show the MAW GAC to the nearest CM and they will handle the rest, they are GREAT with MAW and Special needs families. [/quote]

I'll type more soon, roght now MJ needs me....
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