October Convention/Family Trip Pre-trip report

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October Convention/Family Trip Pre-trip report

Ok, not really sure what is happening with me... I missed FP+ day AGAIN but didn't get lucky enough to get Flight of Passage late in the day like I did last time... gaah I already have my alarm set for the 2nd part of our trip that opens up on Wednesday. crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers

Ok with that out of the way, here we go.

October 2017 - This is the trip that was supposed to be the entire family including my brother's family but with the new baby and my bro's appendix surgery, he couldn't take anymore time off. I knew there was a possibility that they wouldn't come but it was still a blow because we were excited about the possibility of the kiddos being there. sad

Anywho, this trip came around as dad owns several Hardee's with his partners and since the franchise meeting is in Disney, he thought it would be a great opportunity for us all to go. The convention will be at the Contemporary and he graciously booked and is paying for our room. muchlove While we will not be staying in the main building I am excited about staying there for the first time. Our rooms are in the Garden Wing with a standard view. Online check in only gives me the choices of upper or lower floors and the choice of early check-in over the other choices.

Going on this lovely trip will be my parents, Bobby and Kathy. They have been on a couple of other trips with us so they will look familiar to many of you. They are arriving Monday for the convention and will be returning home on Sunday morning. Mom just got an annual pass and loves Disney mostly for the walking, some of the rides and the atmosphere.
"I'm not here for the food." breaks my heart whenever she says it. waiting Dad got a 2 day park hopper since he will be in meetings and such most of the week. He's not a "lover" of Disney and doesn't understand a thing about it. He got all stressed out and upset when I was trying to get their reservations linked with us and purchasing tickets. laugh Mom will be roaming the parks alone during the day while dad is busy and she is perfectly happy with that.

Then of course Joe, Blondie and I. If you aren't sure who we are yet, just search JMed and a ton of trip reports will come up... This will be our 2nd trip as a family this year and my 5th. We all went on a Disney Cruise in March also.

We will be arriving on Wednesday. Leaving early enough to be at the resort by noon as we are signed up to attend the Trade Show for the convention. Now, I know I am going to be in Disney and I am happy and excited about that but to be released in a huge ball room with vendors and my very own goodie bag to fill up has me over the moon. Dad's worked for Hardee's for over 40 years so we know lots of these guys and gals. I really hope the coffee guy has my Kenyan coffee because I may steal a case of it. The Coca-Cola guys, Dr Pepper, and advertising groups always have great items. The trade show is 12-3. I have booked FP for us and mom that evening if she wants to go with us. She MIGHT no leave dad alone but more than likely she will come with us. silly I only have Frozen in Epcot booked because Blondie hasn't done it since it first opened so Epcot it is. And a couple food booths and a little Billy Ocean won't hurt for dinner!!

Thursday Again, dad has us signed up for convention stuff. Breakfast is 7-9 in the Sorcerer's Apprentice Ballroom. Afterwards we will head to MK. Again we have FP for mom if she wants to join us. Blondie only wanted Splash Mountain but it is closed for refurb yuck so we got Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain and Mine Train. We have to be back
at the resort for dinner in Fantasia Ballroom. Cocktail hour starts at 7 (I WILL NOT MISS THIS) followed by dinner and the another reception for fireworks!!! MNSSHP is that night so we will get to see them. The reception is over at 11pm. eek

Friday will be the first day dad joins us. Not sure where we will go in the morning yet but this is the day we were supposed to do Flight of Passage. Dad even said he wanted to do this and I failed him. I am going to try several times a day in case anyone cancels. crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers For the time being I only have Dinosaur booked because it's what I picked. No real rhyme or reason. I will add what ever when it closer if we never get FoP. We may be standing in line...

Saturday we are starting off in Epcot with Soarin and will be hitting a few F&W booths before it gets too crazy. No real plan so we will take our time and just chill. Probably head for Hollywood Studios when we get around to the International Gateway. We have an ADR at Planet Hollywood at 7:45, Blondie wants a crazy milkshake so this is where the plan came from.

Sunday - Here is where things go wonky lol. We will all probably have breakfast at Contempo Cafe then Mom, dad and Blondie are heading home. They will keep her and get her back and forth to school a few days. Joe and I will be heading to AKL for the rest of our trip!! It's been a while since we stayed at our "home" resort so I am happy happy happy!!! I also purchased the dining plan for this portion of the trip. I want all the snack credits for F&W and we have a nice dinner booked since the trip falls between our birthdays. The next few days will be mostly Epcot. This night we will head to HS for dinner at The Hollywood Brown Derby. I've always wanted to eat here so I thought here's the perfect opportunity! Just hoping I can keep from filling up at F&W.

Monday - More Epcot!!! There is a lot I want to cover and I am hoping I got a good bit done in the previous days. A majority of the day will be spent in Epcot. We MIGHT got to MK for Happily Ever After but I doubt it. I wanted to see it while staying at the Contemporary but with MNSSHP and other things going on, it doesn't look feasible. And I do not want to deal with the madness of getting out of MK staying anywhere else. Maybe Wednesday after Frozen...

Tuesday - Halloween - Just the other day I realized we will be in Disney for Halloween. OOPS. Epcot again this day, we have a wine seminar booked at 1:30. This is the first F&W "extra" we have ever booked can you believe it??? confused Again we will just be hanging around Epcot all day for more goodies.

Wednesday - Check out day. Why does it always seem like such a short trip when you put it in writing? If space opens up, we want to do the DVC Member Tour for Soarin before we head home. I do have Boma booked in case we can't get it. The time for the long sad drive home.

So that's it in a nutshell right now. I will keep you posted if we get FoP for our 2nd half of the trip and if we luck up and get one for when we are all there.

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Sounds like a great trip! Hopefully we'll get a chance to meet up mickey

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Sounds awesome! That's a bummer about the FOP FastPasses...I'm having a small panic attack about trying to get one for a group of 7 at a reasonable time in a couple of weeks here... I'm also super jealous of how much F&W festival time you have lined up!

You will LOVE Hollywood Brown Derby! Right up there with Cali Grill as one of my favorite meals I've had at Disney. I couldn't believe I was sitting in a theme park eating that meal. We're not going to be hitting Happily Ever After at all in November either so I will just have to wait until January to finally see it for the first time.

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Sounds like fun JMed. Ken and I love the Contemporary and are looking forward to staying at BLT in 11 days. Too bad about the FOP FP, but you know you'll be going back. That's one of the best things about being a DVC member. biggrin

Allie wrote:
Sounds awesome! That's a bummer about the FOP FastPasses...I'm having a small panic attack about trying to get one for a group of 7 at a reasonable time in a couple of weeks here... I'm also super jealous of how much F&W festival time you have lined up!

You will LOVE Hollywood Brown Derby! Right up there with Cali Grill as one of my favorite meals I've had at Disney. I couldn't believe I was sitting in a theme park eating that meal. We're not going to be hitting Happily Ever After at all in November either so I will just have to wait until January to finally see it for the first time.

Allie - I was able to get a FOP FP for 7 people for our upcoming stay. On a Wednesday at 3pm in the afternoon. Fingers crossed you'll get it ok. I think you should be fine if you have some flexibility in your days. crossfingers

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JanJ wrote:
Sounds like fun JMed. Ken and I love the Contemporary and are looking forward to staying at BLT in 11 days. Too bad about the FOP FP, but you know you'll be going back. That's one of the best things about being a DVC member. biggrin

Allie wrote:
Sounds awesome! That's a bummer about the FOP FastPasses...I'm having a small panic attack about trying to get one for a group of 7 at a reasonable time in a couple of weeks here... I'm also super jealous of how much F&W festival time you have lined up!

You will LOVE Hollywood Brown Derby! Right up there with Cali Grill as one of my favorite meals I've had at Disney. I couldn't believe I was sitting in a theme park eating that meal. We're not going to be hitting Happily Ever After at all in November either so I will just have to wait until January to finally see it for the first time.

Allie - I was able to get a FOP FP for 7 people for our upcoming stay. On a Wednesday at 3pm in the afternoon. Fingers crossed you'll get it ok. I think you should be fine if you have some flexibility in your days. crossfingers

That's great to hear, Jan! How far into your trip was this? I'm looking for day three in our trip around that 3pm mark.

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Allie wrote:
JanJ wrote:
Sounds like fun JMed. Ken and I love the Contemporary and are looking forward to staying at BLT in 11 days. Too bad about the FOP FP, but you know you'll be going back. That's one of the best things about being a DVC member. biggrin

Allie wrote:
Sounds awesome! That's a bummer about the FOP FastPasses...I'm having a small panic attack about trying to get one for a group of 7 at a reasonable time in a couple of weeks here... I'm also super jealous of how much F&W festival time you have lined up!

You will LOVE Hollywood Brown Derby! Right up there with Cali Grill as one of my favorite meals I've had at Disney. I couldn't believe I was sitting in a theme park eating that meal. We're not going to be hitting Happily Ever After at all in November either so I will just have to wait until January to finally see it for the first time.

Allie - I was able to get a FOP FP for 7 people for our upcoming stay. On a Wednesday at 3pm in the afternoon. Fingers crossed you'll get it ok. I think you should be fine if you have some flexibility in your days. crossfingers

That's great to hear, Jan! How far into your trip was this? I'm looking for day three in our trip around that 3pm mark.

This is day 5 of our trip. We arrive on Saturday and our AK day is Wednesday. Good luck!

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Allie wrote:
Sounds awesome! That's a bummer about the FOP FastPasses...I'm having a small panic attack about trying to get one for a group of 7 at a reasonable time in a couple of weeks here... I'm also super jealous of how much F&W festival time you have lined up!

You will LOVE Hollywood Brown Derby! Right up there with Cali Grill as one of my favorite meals I've had at Disney. I couldn't believe I was sitting in a theme park eating that meal. We're not going to be hitting Happily Ever After at all in November either so I will just have to wait until January to finally see it for the first time.

I keep trying every single day. Literally 3 or 4 times a day lol... I don't want to stand in line... Actually I don't want to stand in line and listen to my dad gripe... waiting

We always plan tons of time for F&W, it is my reason for living during the fall!

HBD has been on my dining list for ages. We never spend enough time in HS. Park closes at 8... ADR is 7:30,excited about getting out of the park while it is quiet!

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Allie wrote:
JanJ wrote:
Sounds like fun JMed. Ken and I love the Contemporary and are looking forward to staying at BLT in 11 days. Too bad about the FOP FP, but you know you'll be going back. That's one of the best things about being a DVC member. biggrin

Allie wrote:
Sounds awesome! That's a bummer about the FOP FastPasses...I'm having a small panic attack about trying to get one for a group of 7 at a reasonable time in a couple of weeks here... I'm also super jealous of how much F&W festival time you have lined up!

You will LOVE Hollywood Brown Derby! Right up there with Cali Grill as one of my favorite meals I've had at Disney. I couldn't believe I was sitting in a theme park eating that meal. We're not going to be hitting Happily Ever After at all in November either so I will just have to wait until January to finally see it for the first time.

Allie - I was able to get a FOP FP for 7 people for our upcoming stay. On a Wednesday at 3pm in the afternoon. Fingers crossed you'll get it ok. I think you should be fine if you have some flexibility in your days. crossfingers

That's great to hear, Jan! How far into your trip was this? I'm looking for day three in our trip around that 3pm mark.

This is day 5 of our trip. We arrive on Saturday and our AK day is Wednesday. Good luck!

Yeah, I know we are going back but it is one of the 2 things dad mentioned... Hopefully it will happen. .

And hoping to catch up with anyone that is there while we are!

56 days!

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*Changes have been made*

We will be arriving on Wednesday. Leaving early enough to be at the resort by noon as we are signed up to attend the Trade Show for the convention. Now, I know I am going to be in Disney and I am happy and excited about that but to be released in a huge ball room with vendors and my very own goodie bag to fill up has me over the moon. Dad's worked for Hardee's for over 40 years so we know lots of these guys and gals. I really hope the coffee guy has my Kenyan coffee because I may steal a case of it. The Coca-Cola guys, Dr Pepper, and advertising groups always have great items. The trade show is 12-3. I have booked FP for us and mom that evening if she wants to go with us. She MIGHT no leave dad alone but more than likely she will come with us. silly I only have Frozen in Epcot booked because Blondie hasn't done it since it first opened so Epcot it is. And a couple food booths and a little Billy Ocean won't hurt for dinner!!

*After riding Frozen and maybe hitting a booth or 2 we are going to monorail over to MK for Happily Ever After. This will be the best night to view since we will be at the Contemp and can walk back after. I do not want to fight the crowds to TTC*

Thursday Again, dad has us signed up for convention stuff. Breakfast is 7-9 in the Sorcerer's Apprentice Ballroom. Afterwards we will head to MK. Again we have FP for mom if she wants to join us. Blondie only wanted Splash Mountain but it is closed for refurb yuck so we got Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain and Mine Train. We have to be back
at the resort for dinner in Fantasia Ballroom. Cocktail hour starts at 7 (I WILL NOT MISS THIS) followed by dinner and the another reception for fireworks!!! MNSSHP is that night so we will get to see them. The reception is over at 11pm. eek

*If we head out before the reception is over, we mad hit the Top of the World Lounge*

Friday will be the first day dad joins us. Not sure where we will go in the morning yet but this is the day we were supposed to do Flight of Passage. Dad even said he wanted to do this and I failed him. I am going to try several times a day in case anyone cancels. crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers For the time being I only have Dinosaur booked because it's what I picked. No real rhyme or reason. I will add what ever when it closer if we never get FoP. We may be standing in line...

*Still have not scored FoP FP. I keep trying and I won't give up. Dinner will be Satu'li Canteen or Flame Tree. Depends on what dad wants, he is PICKY. I also have not decided where we will go in the morning. Maybe MK*

Saturday we are starting off in Epcot with Soarin and will be hitting a few F&W booths before it gets too crazy. No real plan so we will take our time and just chill. Probably head for Hollywood Studios when we get around to the International Gateway. We have an ADR at Planet Hollywood at 7:45, Blondie wants a crazy milkshake so this is where the plan came from.

Sunday - Here is where things go wonky lol. We will all probably have breakfast at Contempo Cafe then Mom, dad and Blondie are heading home. They will keep her and get her back and forth to school a few days. Joe and I will be heading to AKL for the rest of our trip!! It's been a while since we stayed at our "home" resort so I am happy happy happy!!! I also purchased the dining plan for this portion of the trip. I want all the snack credits for F&W and we have a nice dinner booked since the trip falls between our birthdays. The next few days will be mostly Epcot. This night we will head to HS for dinner at The Hollywood Brown Derby. I've always wanted to eat here so I thought here's the perfect opportunity! Just hoping I can keep from filling up at F&W.

*Hoping to meet up with AliceMouse in Epcot this afternoon before heading out for dinner. I am balking on Brown Derby, I really want Artist Point or Narcossee's, HELP*

Monday - More Epcot!!! There is a lot I want to cover and I am hoping I got a good bit done in the previous days. A majority of the day will be spent in Epcot. We MIGHT got to MK for Happily Ever After but I doubt it. I wanted to see it while staying at the Contemporary but with MNSSHP and other things going on, it doesn't look feasible. And I do not want to deal with the madness of getting out of MK staying anywhere else. Maybe Wednesday after Frozen...

*We will not be going to MK this evening for fireworks since we will do it earlier in the week, instead we will head to AK for Flight of Passage. Joe may golf in the morning and I may go to the spa*

Tuesday - Halloween - Just the other day I realized we will be in Disney for Halloween. OOPS. Epcot again this day, we have a wine seminar booked at 1:30. This is the first F&W "extra" we have ever booked can you believe it??? confused Again we will just be hanging around Epcot all day for more goodies.

Wednesday - Check out day. Why does it always seem like such a short trip when you put it in writing? If space opens up, we want to do the DVC Member Tour for Soarin before we head home. I do have Boma booked in case we can't get it. The time for the long sad drive home.

*I fastpassed FoP for this morning but even with the FP I really don't want to fight the crowds... not sure if we will go to a park before leaving*

So that's it in a nutshell right now. I will keep you posted if we get FoP for our 2nd half of the trip and if we luck up and get one for when we are all there.

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Sounds excellent! Take lots of pictures. muchlove

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A bunch of fast passes for FOP have opened up! Hope you can snag some crossfingers

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Spook wrote:
A bunch of fast passes for FOP have opened up! Hope you can snag some crossfingers

I did!!!! yay yay yay

Again, thank you so much for this and the Facebook post! I didn't let my daddy down! muchlove muchlove

So from this you can all figure out, we now have Flight of Passage FPs for Friday night! It is one of the 2 rides my dad requested. Thanks to Spook I snagged it when I got home tonight!

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JMed wrote:
Spook wrote:
A bunch of fast passes for FOP have opened up! Hope you can snag some crossfingers

I did!!!! yay yay yay

Again, thank you so much for this and the Facebook post! I didn't let my daddy down! muchlove muchlove

So from this you can all figure out, we now have Flight of Passage FPs for Friday night! It is one of the 2 rides my dad requested. Thanks to Spook I snagged it when I got home tonight!

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As Maui would say "your welcome!" laugh

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