Well it is official, I paid the deposit today for our trip to Disneyworld over fall break. We are a little over 3 months away. I had booked the trip last week. They had extended the free dining plan offer so I called a travel agent (who came highly recommended) and booked. She said "oh the dates you all want to go are blacked out for the free dining". I said "of course they are". Then late last night I got an email with a new pin code for free dining, called Angela (that is the travel agent) and she called Disney to apply it to my trip and it worked! It saved me almost $700!! I was super excited.
Here is our pre-trip report about what I have for us to do so far:
We are staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort on Disney. We will be there a Sunday through Friday. As of right now we will be driving. We have 5 day park passes.
Sunday -- arrival that morning, Epcot day, dinner reservations at Garden Grill with Chip and Dale, Pluto and Farmer Mickey
Monday -- Magic Kingdom, I hope to be there for the rope drop when the park opens then we will leave briefly to go over to the Grand Floridian for dinner at 1900 Park Fare with Cinderella, Prince Charming, the evil stepmother and the step-sisters. Then we will head back to MK and hopefully close the park. This will be a long day.
Tuesday -- no park, we will sleep in that morning, probably play at the pool, maybe go to Downtown Disney for a while (but that may not happen) then head to the Contemporary resort for dinner at Chef Mickey's with the "fab 5" characters. Then after our early dinner we will go to Magic Kingdom for "Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party" and again close out the park with the party ending at midnight.
Wednesday -- Animal Kingdom, early breakfast at Donald's Safari (probably not the smartest move since we will be up so late the night before for the party but we will have to sacrifice some sleep if we want to squeeze as much as we can in), this park closes early though so we can rest for a little while and then we head to the Polynesian for dinner at Ohana
Thursday -- Hollywood Studios, no eating reservations made for this day, I would like to be there when the park opens (so that we can make a beeline for Jedi training and get fastpasses for the Toy Story Mania ride) and then when it closes but we will probably have to take a break in the middle of the day for that to happen.
Friday -- we will probably go back to Hollywood Studios this day but may go back to Magic Kingdom. It will depend on which place has more that we didn't get to do the first day at these parks. But we will only stay a little while at the park then leave to come home. I am going to try and make a character breakfast reservation for this day but probably won't be able to get into one this late.
I have become slightly addicted to a message board site called disboards.com. There is so much information on that site it is crazy. I know we can't do everything at disney but since it might be a while before we are able to go back I want to try and work in as much as possible. I am going a little nuts making lists (things to definitely do, things we can do if we have time, things to not waste time on, making journals and travel games for my kids, etc.). I also put a countdown on the side of my blog.
We can't wait!