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post #621 of 819
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Originally Posted by ollineeba View Post
Glad you had a great time! Which character dinners did you do?
All by chance I had no reservations.


Harvest buffet at the Land, epcot. ( chip,dale, micky,pluto)

Pooh and friends at the crystal place magic kingdom (pooh,piglet,tigger,eyore)


Princess story book dinner - epcot (Belle,jasmine,arora,cinderella,ariell) Good food but don't make a substatution.
post #622 of 819
has anyone here ever stayed in a villa before? also if you were going to go on a trip with inlaws you rarely ever see would you opt to stay in a 2 bed villa or stay in separate rooms?
post #623 of 819
I didn't read through all the posts but we are going to Disney World for the first time ever. My dd is almost 4, my ds is 16 months.

We are flying to FL next Thursday and staying at my FIL's house just outside Orlando.

We don't have much money and won't be doing any character dinners. I've read a little about going to Disney World but I feel overwhelmed....

What are the best things to do and what will give us the best chance to meet some princesses?

I was thinking about getting dd an autograph book...will she actually be able to meet a few princesses to make it worth it?
post #624 of 819
i suggest you go to toontown when it FIRST opens - I think 1 hour after general opening to MK. Go the judges tent and they have a princess line in there. You go in, can take, pictures, talk brielfly with the princesses etc. that is you must assured, and free way to go about it. but the lines can be hellish so do make it your first stop of the day.
post #625 of 819
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has anyone here ever stayed in a villa before? also if you were going to go on a trip with inlaws you rarely ever see would you opt to stay in a 2 bed villa or stay in separate rooms?
We have stayed in the Villas a lot (my in-laws have Vacation Club) and they are very nice. The 2-bedrooms are great. The single bedroom has its own bathroom and tiny kitchenette area. There is an inside door that opens into the living room area of the main section of the villa. Then, in the main villa is a living room with a pull out sofa, and a full kitchen with a bar sitting area, plus a table. There is also a washer/dryer in the closet area. And then a separate bedroom with a huge bathroom with separate tub and shower (one of those big tubs). The bathroom is usually separated into two different rooms so someone can be in the toilet area but someone else can still be brushing their teeth.

I'm not sure about staying there with family whom you don't see too often. It depends on how comfortable you are. You will still be close enough to be friendly. But, you will have your own space so you can easily put the kids to bed, go to bed at different times, etc.

We love all the DVC properties, and I hesitate to stay anywhere else, to be honest. It helps that it's free with the Inlaws! Except for the Villas in various places (we've stayed in Saratoga Springs, Beach Club Villas, and Boardwalk Villas), we have also stayed in the cabins at Fort Wilderness. Those are great for a family but might be a bit crowded with inlaws if you aren't really comfortable with them. The bedroom has a double and bunks, and then the other bed is a pull down double-sized murphy bed in the living room. I think it's a better set-up for just immediate family.

I have pics of our rooms at SSR, Boardwalk Villas and the Fort Wilderness cabins on this page at Disboards.
post #626 of 819
okay - another question. has anyone here ever rented DVC points? this seems like an awesome and significant way to save money but i want to do it through someone who knows someone because it is such a huge trust transaction.

i also think i really want to stay at the AKV since i am dying to stay at AK and DH is so non-disney I don't know how long it will be before I can go back.

i don't really have a problem staying with my inlaws, when we see each other that is what we do. either they stay at our place or we stay at theirs.
post #627 of 819
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i suggest you go to toontown when it FIRST opens - I think 1 hour after general opening to MK. Go the judges tent and they have a princess line in there. You go in, can take, pictures, talk brielfly with the princesses etc. that is you must assured, and free way to go about it. but the lines can be hellish so do make it your first stop of the day.
I've actually never heard of this before. Wow.. good to know
post #628 of 819
soooo...anyone gotten on Toy Story Mania yet over here at DCA?

oh my goodness, we were at disneyland at 8 yesterday morning and went to DCA at 9:30 (opens at 10) and the loine was already 3 hours! yikes...3 hours with a 2 year old, i think not.

so can i live vicariously thorugh one of you? how was it?

i keep thinking i may have to be a bad girl and call out sick from work to go during the week. how wrong is that?
post #629 of 819
oh i also discovered yesterdat a nice FAST way to meet mickey at DCA, go to the drawn to the magic show, we just happened to catcht he last 5 min of it and after the show was over Mickey, Woody & Conderella all came and did pictures and what not. they close it off so no one else can come in if you wern't at the show, it's took about 5 min and we were at the end of the line.
post #630 of 819
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i keep thinking i may have to be a bad girl and call out sick from work to go during the week. how wrong is that?
if that's wrong... I don't want to be right
post #631 of 819
I need help quick please.

We are going to Disney World over Christmas. We have to book our Christmas dinner tomorrow. I have no idea where to go.

There will be 4 adults, 4 children (maybe only 2 of each, but I'm pretty sure it's 4/4).
There is one child with a gluten allergy.
There are at least two adults who NEED a turkey dinner on Christmas day.
There are at least two kids who hate turkey.
The other four are good eaters with no allergies, but like decent food.
We want a proper sit down meal.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Pretty please????

Thanks.
post #632 of 819
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Originally Posted by Irishmommy View Post
I need help quick please.

We are going to Disney World over Christmas. We have to book our Christmas dinner tomorrow. I have no idea where to go.

There will be 4 adults, 4 children (maybe only 2 of each, but I'm pretty sure it's 4/4).
There is one child with a gluten allergy.
There are at least two adults who NEED a turkey dinner on Christmas day.
There are at least two kids who hate turkey.
The other four are good eaters with no allergies, but like decent food.
We want a proper sit down meal.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Pretty please????

Thanks.

I would highly recommend booking Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. In the evening it is a character meal and turkey dinner is served every day!! They also serve beef and pork at the dinner which is family style so that should appease the turkey haters. You should let the operator booking the meal know of the allergy regardless of the restaraunt you choose. I've heard Disney is wonderful when regarding food allergies. Here is a link to the menu )

http://www.allears.net/menu/menu_ltt.htm
post #633 of 819
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Originally Posted by Divaostrich View Post
I would highly recommend booking Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. In the evening it is a character meal and turkey dinner is served every day!! They also serve beef and pork at the dinner which is family style so that should appease the turkey haters. You should let the operator booking the meal know of the allergy regardless of the restaraunt you choose. I've heard Disney is wonderful when regarding food allergies. Here is a link to the menu )

http://www.allears.net/menu/menu_ltt.htm

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I also want to share some exciting news! So, we had booked and settled everything for our Disney World honeymoon for 8 days in September. We were on the dining plan. We had made all the ADR's and were just merrily rolling along, until...we decided to upgrade to the DELUXE dining plan! Last December we were on the regular, which was fabulous, but that was before they changed a lot of the rules for 2008 (like no gratuity included, no appetizers, etc). With the deluxe plan we now get Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (ALL can be table service if we want!) and two snacks, and all include appetizers. There's going to be WAY too much food, but hey! it's our honeymoon, right? lol. It's probably the last time we'll be at Disney World before we have kids. So, we totally took advantage of it now and have booked each meal, except one, at a table service restaurant! WOOHOO! I'm so excited because all the ADR's are at places we haven't been before like:

Jiko's (we're staying at AKL)
Boma's (once for dinner and every morning for breakfast)
California Grill
Ohana's
the Morrocan place at Epcot (forgot the name)
50's Diner
Yak & Yeti's
Cinderella's breakfast in her castle

There are more, but I forget all of them now. I'm just so excited!!! It will be the best trip I've ever taken!!
post #634 of 819
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Originally Posted by Monarchgrrl View Post
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I also want to share some exciting news! So, we had booked and settled everything for our Disney World honeymoon for 8 days in September. We were on the dining plan. We had made all the ADR's and were just merrily rolling along, until...we decided to upgrade to the DELUXE dining plan! Last December we were on the regular, which was fabulous, but that was before they changed a lot of the rules for 2008 (like no gratuity included, no appetizers, etc). With the deluxe plan we now get Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (ALL can be table service if we want!) and two snacks, and all include appetizers. There's going to be WAY too much food, but hey! it's our honeymoon, right? lol. It's probably the last time we'll be at Disney World before we have kids. So, we totally took advantage of it now and have booked each meal, except one, at a table service restaurant! WOOHOO! I'm so excited because all the ADR's are at places we haven't been before like:

Jiko's (we're staying at AKL)
Boma's (once for dinner and every morning for breakfast)
California Grill
Ohana's
the Morrocan place at Epcot (forgot the name)
50's Diner
Yak & Yeti's
Cinderella's breakfast in her castle

There are more, but I forget all of them now. I'm just so excited!!! It will be the best trip I've ever taken!!
OMG!! Deluxe Dining Plan and staying at AKL!!! I am soooooo jealous! Have a wonderful honeymoon!
post #635 of 819
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Originally Posted by goodcents View Post
i suggest you go to toontown when it FIRST opens - I think 1 hour after general opening to MK. Go the judges tent and they have a princess line in there. You go in, can take, pictures, talk brielfly with the princesses etc. that is you must assured, and free way to go about it. but the lines can be hellish so do make it your first stop of the day.
Definitely make sure you go when it first opens. We were waiting on some people so we didn't get there when we wanted to and the line was a 90 min. wait. My dd is almost 4 and ds is 16 months so we didn't wait in line.

As far as our trip went, we had fun but it wasn't what I expected. We only visited the Magic Kingdom and the only princess my dd saw was Belle for story time and she was in her "peasant" dress. We did see the others in the parade and dancing in front of the castle but that was it. No other characters were walking around or anything. I expected it to be a little different.

We had to wait in line for at least 40 min. for the little dumbo ride and the ride lasted all of 90 seconds. We live in California closed to Disneyland so we are hoping to go there soon, I've heard they have more characters that just walk around.
post #636 of 819
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Originally Posted by Divaostrich View Post
I would highly recommend booking Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. In the evening it is a character meal and turkey dinner is served every day!! They also serve beef and pork at the dinner which is family style so that should appease the turkey haters. You should let the operator booking the meal know of the allergy regardless of the restaraunt you choose. I've heard Disney is wonderful when regarding food allergies. Here is a link to the menu )

http://www.allears.net/menu/menu_ltt.htm
Well it was booked. The customer service person was pretty rude. We are booked at the Crystal Palace. What's it like?

And an 18% mandatory gratuity for a buffet?????
post #637 of 819
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Originally Posted by Irishmommy View Post
Well it was booked. The customer service person was pretty rude. We are booked at the Crystal Palace. What's it like?

And an 18% mandatory gratuity for a buffet?????


I'm sure others can tell you about the Crystal Palace. I haven't been there, but I was shocked by the 18% gratuity for a buffet, too. But if you don't "latch" a credit card to your Key to the World card, and tell your server that you are paying cash for the tip (that is what we are doing) then there is no mandatory tip. We'll still tip about 20% if our buffet server is amazing, and really on the ball, but hey, if they aren't, there's no way I'm paying 18% for a buffet server tip. They will definitely be doing much less work. We also don't want any server thinking that they are getting an automatic 18% tip, so that's why we are telling them that it will be a cash tip at the beginning. Hope that helps!

You should also call back and ask to speak to a manager about the cast member's rudeness to you. They take that seriously. You are never supposed to encounter rudeness by a Disney cast member.
post #638 of 819
Irish are you working with a travel agent? You can get them to make your ADR's. Also if you are set on Liberty Tree (which is very good and would totally fit your needs) I would keep trying. People keep changing plans all the time. Call first thing in the morning when the system "resets".

I have been to the Crystal Palace for lunch and its meeeh. A buffet. Its isn't very memorable. Tigger and Pooh were there, but I don't know if it is character for dinner as well.
post #639 of 819
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Originally Posted by ollineeba View Post
I've actually never heard of this before. Wow.. good to know
its really the best because if you are at the ropes themselves mickey walks right up and greets the kids (on both sides of the ropes: 1 facing fantasyland, and the 1 facing the train station). highly recommended.

janasma that is bum luck. i think the characters at DW have increased over the years but maybe cause it is hot? i have read it is best to see characters in the early morning at DW.
post #640 of 819
monarch your honeymoon sounds wonderful!

we loved crystal palace...
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