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Another Disney Trip?

My husband and I have been planning our November 2013 Disney Trip, since we had to cancel our May 2012 trip due to my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. This site and my forthcoming trip have been the light at the end of the tunnel. Every day my motivation has been that I will make it back to the magic! So obviously I have banged on about this to the rest of my family. So then my mum starts saying that she can't wait to go back to Disney. Then my sister (who is expecting a baby) and her husband started saying that they couldn't wait to go back either. My sister suggested that we have a family trip in April 2014. The "guest list" would be My mum, dad, sister, her husband, their daughter (not born yet!), my uncle, me and my husband. It would be fantastic! However, there is no way that we can afford to go again in April. I said that to my mum and there is a chance that she would pay our economy airfares and value level accommodation. We have purchased 14 day tickets for our November trip so we may be able to upgrade to annual passes? Very excited! Hope it happens!

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Keeping my fingers crossed for you that it all comes together. crossfingers

Surprise trips are the best!

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Best of luck to you! How great to have two trips that close together....it will definitely help with the post Disney blues after your November trip to know you'll be back again so soon!

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yay yay yay yay

Whoo hoo! That would be a wonderful trip! I'm so glad that Disney, and our little site has helped to brighten your days. I can't wait to hear more about your trip and plans.

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Thank you ladies. I will keep you posted and let you know any developments.

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Kristen K. wrote:
I'm so glad that Disney, and our little site has helped to brighten your days. I can't wait to hear more about your trip and plans.

This site and the lovely people here always brighten my day biggrin

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crossfingers keeping my fingers crossed for you too. hope it works out.

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crossfingers I hope it all works out for you!!

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So, an update. My sister and her husband are teachers. (I also teach in schools but I am freelance so I have a bit more flexibility). They work in different local authorities and when they came to check their dates, they discovered that they had different Easter/Sping breaks. So the April trip is a no go.

We are now hoping for July 2014. The family have asked me to research the trip for everyone and plan it. (They think this is a chore, but like everyone else on this board, planning a Disney trip is my favourite thing to do ever!) I am looking forward to planning for eight people, seven grown-ups and one baby girl (baby (my niece) arrived safely on 15th June - Mr Hub's birthday I believe).

The last time I had to plan a big trip was for our Disney wedding in 2011. There were 11 of us.

So a question about ADR's for large groups. Do you have to include the baby in your party size? (she will be one year old when we go)
If we book an ADR for all eight of us and then on the day, only six of us want to go. Can we just let the CM know when we turn up at the seating podium or would we have to call ahead?

My thinking is to book ADR's for our full party, but as it is a two week long trip, I know there will be evenings when a couple of people are tired or want to do something else.

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Miss Mikki wrote:
So a question about ADR's for large groups. Do you have to include the baby in your party size? (she will be one year old when we go)

I would, because the high chair will take up a seat space at the table and that's really what they need to know. WHen you get to the podium for check in, you can tell them then that one person in your party is a baby.

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If we book an ADR for all eight of us and then on the day, only six of us want to go. Can we just let the CM know when we turn up at the seating podium or would we have to call ahead?

Yes, that should be fine. I've had that happen to me more than once and it's never been a problem. The Disney "No Show" fees are per party, not per person. At least that's how it was last time I checked. The only exception would be anywhere that you had to pay ahead of time like CRT or a dinner show.

I would book for the full party.

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Hi Miss Mikki, We learned last year that it helps us to plan date nights when traveling with couples. Since your the planner all you have to do is get the adults to write out some favorite types of meals and then as your making reservations you can toss in a date night where you only make reservations for two, its a great surprise too. They get a break from the group and can make a few couple memories. I love my family but I really look forward to couple time.

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Kristen - thank you for info. Smile

Magic days - We will definately do this. We were already thinking along these lines awesome

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Miss Mikki wrote:
So, an update. My sister and her husband are teachers. (I also teach in schools but I am freelance so I have a bit more flexibility). They work in different local authorities and when they came to check their dates, they discovered that they had different Easter/Sping breaks. So the April trip is a no go.

We are now hoping for July 2014. The family have asked me to research the trip for everyone and plan it. (They think this is a chore, but like everyone else on this board, planning a Disney trip is my favourite thing to do ever!) I am looking forward to planning for eight people, seven grown-ups and one baby girl (baby (my niece) arrived safely on 15th June - Mr Hub's birthday I believe).

The last time I had to plan a big trip was for our Disney wedding in 2011. There were 11 of us.

So a question about ADR's for large groups. Do you have to include the baby in your party size? (she will be one year old when we go)
If we book an ADR for all eight of us and then on the day, only six of us want to go. Can we just let the CM know when we turn up at the seating podium or would we have to call ahead?

My thinking is to book ADR's for our full party, but as it is a two week long trip, I know there will be evenings when a couple of people are tired or want to do something else.

If you book any shows or anything that you have to pay in full upfront (like the luau or the Hoop de doo Review) they will ask if you the ages of any children and will include the baby in the reservation but with no cost.

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If you want to do something really sweet for the new parents book them a date night and have the rest of the family look after the little one for the evening.

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Courtney wrote:
If you want to do something really sweet for the new parents book them a date night and have the rest of the family look after the little one for the evening.

awesome
They mentioned that they like the Mexican restaurant in Epcot (the one that is inside the pyramid by the river) That is a good romantic spot for a date night.

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Okay, ignore the fact that I said I couldn't find this thread in the "who is going to Disney" thread because I have now located it. Well, super excitement, we have booked! yay we have all booked POFQ as POR was only offering Royal rooms and King rooms - no standards available, which suggests to me there may be some refurbishment scheduled? Anyway, although Riverside is my favourite resort, I kind of wanted to stay in a French Quarter because everyone here seems to love it so much. DH and sister's DH wanted Riverside though so we may swap if standard rooms become available in the future. I think I need to do the banana dance of joy.
banana banana banana
We got free counter service dining and discounted park tickets too yay
(But flights were super expensive because it is school summer hols)

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Excellent you will love it! clapping

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Wohoo! Congrats on booking! stars

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OK, so My husband starts mentioning this gig he has on 26th July. I just laughed because I thought he was joking - we fly to Florida on 25th July, but it turns out that this is super important to him. He says he told me about it, I don't recall this at all. Also I got him to check the dates when I was actually booking online and he was like "whatever, just book it".
This is a little more complicated too because, there are 9 of us going on this trip and also the flights are super expensive, so we had picked the 25th because for some reason it was less expensive than the other days around that time.
So today I had to call Disney and face the problem head on. I spoke to a CM called Chardonnay who was truly amazing. She spent over an hour looking at different options for us and she was so calm and patient. She also got a real grip on the situation right from the start. Anyway, I won't bore you with all the details and options but we are now flying on 27th July and returning on 8th August. It cost PS50 each to change the flights but the flights had gone up in price so we would have had to pay another PS200 each, so I just decided that I couldn't face paying PS500 extra and still being in economy, so I upgraded us to premium economy at the same time another PS500 but by this time I felt like I was haemorrhaging money that I don't have, so what the h***. Disney should have charged us a PS50 change fee too, but Chardonnay spoke to her superviser and waived the fee (without me asking) true Disney service at it's best. She also gave me lots of "little extras" (information and perks).
So relieved! Yes, it has cost us a small fortune, but at least we are good to go now.

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That's good you got the fee waived and some extras.