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post #81 of 819
I am also a disney fanatic. My whole family goes about every year or 2. We are planning a trip for September of this year and there will be 11 of us, its about our 20th family trip. It is dd's first trip and she will be 15 months old. I am soooo excited I can't wait!

We are doing a split stay. We will be staying at Fort Wilderness (in a trailer) for 4 nights and then Grand Floridian conceirge for 3 nights. Its my first time staying at GF, has anyone else stayed there? I absolutely love the Polynesian, so I hope it is as good.

I am so ready to go, I've already started a packing list .

Hail Disney!

Dani
post #82 of 819
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post #83 of 819
I've never been to Disney World. So, what am I doing in this thread you ask? Well, at the end of April, DH, DS, and I will be going for a few days since DH has a business trip there. We'll be staying at the Coranado Springs as that's where the conference is. DS will be 6 1/2 months when we go. I know he won't be able to "do" much but I'm looking for advice for those who've taken such a young babe there and what you did.
post #84 of 819
There are plenty of slow rides and shows you could take a baby on. Check out the disboards link and you will find several discussions listing the various rides that are fine with a babe. If DH is with you, you can also do a "baby swap" where one parent rides, then when they exit the next parent gets to ride without waiting all over again (just ask the cast member at the ride what you need to do for a baby swap on that attaction, it varies some). Very cool!
post #85 of 819
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Originally Posted by tweetpeasmom View Post
Its my first time staying at GF, has anyone else stayed there? I absolutely love the Polynesian, so I hope it is as good.
We have stayed at the GF a couple of times. Are you staying in SL or RPC? We stayed in SL in Oct. I'm trying to book a trip for next month and I have a discount code that is only good at the GF, but I really want to stay at the PR since we haven't stayed there since August 2004. I enjoy the GF a lot I just really miss the PR.
I think we're nuts going during Spring Break. We went in 2005 and it was packed. I do know how to deal with the crowds so that does help! I'm happy as long as I can have my drink on the beach sometime in the afternoon.
post #86 of 819
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I know he won't be able to "do" much but I'm looking for advice for those who've taken such a young babe there and what you did.
Sometimes I think it was easier going to WDW when they were younger! You get up early, hit the parks and come back for an afternoon nap. Those trips at times were so much more relaxing. Now my kids just want to keep going like the Energizer Bunny.

Have a great trip!
post #87 of 819
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We have stayed at the GF a couple of times. Are you staying in SL or RPC? We stayed in SL in Oct. I'm trying to book a trip for next month and I have a discount code that is only good at the GF, but I really want to stay at the PR since we haven't stayed there since August 2004. I enjoy the GF a lot I just really miss the PR.
I think we're nuts going during Spring Break. We went in 2005 and it was packed. I do know how to deal with the crowds so that does help! I'm happy as long as I can have my drink on the beach sometime in the afternoon.
I'm not sure what SL or RPC is, but I know we are staying in the concierge rooms if that helps at all . Where do you get discount codes at? I absolutely love the PR, but my parents tried out the GF at their last trip there and liked it so decided we would stay there (they are paying so we gladly let them make any decisions! )

I agree that Spring break is a crazy time to go. We try to never go at that time after going then once when I was younger. We usually try for October, love the weather and crowds then. But it is better if you know the ropes like you do and know how to manage the crowds.

I am so excited to be taking dd for the first time, I cannot wait!

Dani
post #88 of 819
I'm thinking about dropping Epcot (the future side) from our trip and going to AK. I'm not sold one bit that my son is going to like it.

Rigama have you thought about the sending you ds on the pirate cruise?
post #89 of 819
my kids *love* EPCOT - how old is your son?

I have 3 boys and we go to EPCOT every trip - I think they like future world better than the world showcase & you can definitely spend your whole day on one side....
post #90 of 819
Morning ladies!

We are now in the double digits until we go on vacation! Yippee!

Yes, Splendid, DS is set up for the pirate cruise. It took some cajoling and reassuing on my part to convince dh that this would be okay. But now ds is adamant that he have a pirate costume for his cruise! I'm soooo hesitant to drop the bucks for the Disney costume, but I've checked at Toys R Us and ebay, and i either don't like what they have (cheap plastic stuff) or it's too big/just as expensive as disney store. Times like this I wish I was handy with a sweing machine.

I keep dreaming about WDW. I'm not sure if it's because I'm truly that excited, or if it's because I've spent so much time planning. Anyone else have disney dreams?

Mirlow (love the name!) how DO you handle the crowds. Is there a trick that a WDW Virgin like me can be let in on:
post #91 of 819
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I know he won't be able to "do" much but I'm looking for advice for those who've taken such a young babe there and what you did.
A baby can go on any ride without a height restriction. We took our 3 month old last month and she rode everything. I think I nursed on every ride LOL!!

Just an FYI on the pirate cruise. My oldest DD has done this twice. I really wouldn't buy a costume. They wear life vests the whole time and you can't really see anything. Also they give them pirate themed bandanas as part of the cruise, so I wouldn't get anything else. I have never seen kids dressing up for the pirate cruise.

My DD5 loves Epcot. She loves all the rides there. There really is alot for a kid to do in FW. Don't forget the Kidcot fun stops too. Innoventions also has alot to do. We didn't really discover those until this last trip.
post #92 of 819
We are still going to epcot, I'm just saying we are spening most of our time in World Showcase. We think ds will have more fun there since he obsessed with different countries and cultures.
post #93 of 819
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I'm not sure what SL or RPC is, but I know we are staying in the concierge rooms if that helps at all . Where do you get discount codes at?


I am so excited to be taking dd for the first time, I cannot wait!

Dani

SL stands for Sugar Loaf and RPC is the Royal Palm Club, both are concierge just in different locations. You must have tea while you are staying at the GF. We really enjoy our visits there. The rooms are big and have great amenities. We enjoy both pools. My youngest finally felt comfortable going down a water slide and loved going down the slide at the GF over and over again.

I got an email discount code. It is only good through March. Everything is pretty booked. We do a lot of last minute trips and it drives me :

How old is your dd? That is so exciting. I think it's great that you are going with a group. Most of our visits to WDW have been with other friends and family. It's so much fun going with other people. When we went in Oct some of our close friends met us there. We hadn't seen them since we moved. We just had a blast!
post #94 of 819
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Just an FYI on the pirate cruise. My oldest DD has done this twice. I really wouldn't buy a costume. They wear life vests the whole time and you can't really see anything. Also they give them pirate themed bandanas as part of the cruise, so I wouldn't get anything else. I have never seen kids dressing up for the pirate cruise.
Thanks for this tip!

I'm not sure I can convince ds to give up the pirate costume, though. I'll be able to talk him out of wearing it ON the cruise, but he seems to really really want a costume. Last year, for his 4th bday, he had a Pirate Party and hasn't let this intrest go yet. He'll be 5 next month and still talks about the pirate ship cake I made last year. Plus, he's seen all these pictures of little princesses wandering around WDW and he think's there's a lack of boy stuff (read: Pirates). His cousin is getting a makeover at BBB and he was very disappointed he couldn't get a pirate makeover. His words "That's no fair, why do girls get all the fun?"
post #95 of 819
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Originally Posted by mirlow View Post
SL stands for Sugar Loaf and RPC is the Royal Palm Club, both are concierge just in different locations. You must have tea while you are staying at the GF. We really enjoy our visits there. The rooms are big and have great amenities. We enjoy both pools. My youngest finally felt comfortable going down a water slide and loved going down the slide at the GF over and over again.

I got an email discount code. It is only good through March. Everything is pretty booked. We do a lot of last minute trips and it drives me :

How old is your dd? That is so exciting. I think it's great that you are going with a group. Most of our visits to WDW have been with other friends and family. It's so much fun going with other people. When we went in Oct some of our close friends met us there. We hadn't seen them since we moved. We just had a blast!
Thanks for the definitions! I dont' think we have decided yet exactly which rooms we will be staying in. I think my dad is making the reservations in a couple weeks. Which one do you think is better?

We will definately be doing the tea there. My neices (who will be 6yo, 5yo, and 16months) along with my dd who will be 15 months (she is 8mo now) will have a fun time with it, I think. Last time I was there was in Oct of '05 and I was just pg (I think I was 4.5 weeks when we were there). But since I already knew I was pg and high risk, I didn't ride many rides or get to go on waterslides. So we are ttc right now but as much as I would LOVE to be pg again, I'd love to be able to go on all the rides too. I guess we shall see what happens.

I also love going with a big group. Some day maybe I'd like to go with just dh, but I love going with my dad. He is like a little kid when we are there. We get a couple matching t-shirts (we make them) and that is fun to match a couple days when there. And it gives good perks too sometimes (like people knowing we are a group and not trying to separate us in line). We've went a couple times with my aunts and uncles and had a group of about 20...crazy, but fun!

Its so hard for me to concentrate on anything else once I start thinking about DW....I just wanna go now!

Have a magical day!

Dani
post #96 of 819
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I'm not sure I can convince ds to give up the pirate costume, though
Oh he should totally wear a costume in the parks LOL! Just not on the cruise.
post #97 of 819
Wow, I learned something new today. I didn't know that about GF. I have never stayed there, but have at most other Deluxe and mod resorts. Never stayed at Con either, but if this new DVC resort comes through we will someday. GF is always so much more we just skip it. Maybe someday.

Taking a baby is a breeze. Especially at that age when they can sit up a bit better and when you are breast feeding it is so much easy!

Now as far as Epcot goes, there is ton for kids. Especially little boys. Test track and Mission space are great (if he is tall enough.) MS has a "orange" one that doesn't spin, so it doesn't make you sick. I would do that one 1st. My DD was just a tad too small last trip. (I think you need to be 44 inches, she is 43.)

Sorin is GREAT. Do not miss it. The new living seas is amazing, the Nemo ride is great and turtle talk with Crush is wonderful. There is more but those are the FW don't misses. Also there really is a lot of fun stuff in Inoventions (you can send email post cards home for free.) There is an area is you have a Disney Visa that you can get a private time with some characters and then a free pint of it (you need your Disney Visa with you and it is open from 1:30 to 4:00 daily.) This is on the East side I think. At night there is this area to the right of Spaceship earth (when you are facing it.) that has light up sidewalk. Super hits with the kids.

Now there is a lot to do at AK too. Just saying don't dismiss FW, it has its appeals, and has gotten better in the past few years too.

One week from Monday. Just DH and I. Still feeling a little guilt. This week is no school and Lily has been one sick little girl. It doesn't help that we finally stopped nursing a few weeks ago. She tried when she was sick, no milk. I considering getting some mothers milk tea, when I offered again she started to and then changed her mind and said no. I think she is done.

Anyway poor Anna has been stuck in the house all week with a sick sister. All of her friends are out of town for the week too.

She is being pretty good about it. I was feeling bad that we are doing something fun soon, but she isn't. Then again it isn't always all about her too, good for her to learn that. In May she gets to do the cruise. We keep focusing on that.
post #98 of 819
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Originally Posted by Rigama View Post

Mirlow (love the name!) how DO you handle the crowds. Is there a trick that a WDW Virgin like me can be let in on:

Thanks. The name came from the first three letters in my older two's first names.

I handle crowds a few different ways. I always plan what park and where to eat and the ability to be able to throw it all out the window if needed. Half of our days don't go as planned (weather, tired kids, want to hang out at the pool etc.)! I hope I am making sense?
I always like to get to the park at opening and leave around lunch. For all of the trips we have done we have only stayed at a park from open to close on two different occasions. When at the park we go on rides where the wait is less than 20 minutes or we grab a Fastpass. There are many attractions/shows that you can go on where the waits aren't that long. By the time the park starts to fill up we leave to go back to the hotel to hang out at the pool. The we head back to a park in the evening.

I think you said this is your first trip. It can be overwhelming. Just remember you won't be able to do it all. We have gone on 9 trips and one was for a very long stay and we still haven't seen it all. Pick some things you want to see and do and all the rest will be a bonus.

When are you going?
post #99 of 819
Did you all know that some of the resorts at WDW are certified hotels of the Florida Green Lodging Program?
post #100 of 819
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!
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