1050.0 #215 (DL Qual #137

Apr 25, 2017 8:59PM  WDW Talk Land
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 82.4 #83 (WDW Qual #1302

Apr 24, 2017 7:31AM  WDW Talk Land
Hello WDW friends from Disneyland. Staying at Grand Californian enjoying the view from my balcony. Here with my son Tanner and this California Adventure. The Grand is a beautiful hotel that reminds me of the Wilderness at WDW.

Beautiful view! Enjoy your stay.   - disneycm  801.7 #10 12:57PM
Have a great time  - 5disneylovers  1278.3 #9 2:12PM
Wonderful view. Hope you and tanner have an amazing time. I have always wanted to stay at WL, maybe one day. I love log cabins and would also love to stay at the grand if we ever get to DL. Have fun - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 7:54PM
Nice. Did you get an updated room? I know they are currently redoing all the rooms - missmimi90  2079.9 #92 1:55PM
Yes we did get one of the updated room. It was very nice and the shower was awesome-like a car wash. Hope that was not to much information. The service at the Grand is exceptional.  - BufftheBuffalo  82.4 #83 8:16PM

 107.6 #71 (WDW Qual #1124

Apr 25, 2017 3:34PM  WDW Talk Land
Something has been on my mind for a while but I was not sure how to tastefully ask my fellow MWers but I am dying to know: how do you find the best deals and cheapest way to be able to do Disney each year or more than once a year? I think I need more training on finding the good deals and being less picky with my resort, but it seems like a huge investment each time we book a trip and something al  More...

We stay off site every other year. If we did not we could not go every year. The years we stay on site we make sure we do the free dining and go during value season. This means pulling our kids out of school, but I've come to terms with that and I'm quite alright with it. Staying in a condo saves us thousands of dollars because we eat there, and it's probably 10% to 30% of a moderate or Deluxe resort. We also drive down and we live in the midwest so it's a 24-hour total drive (each way). It cost us about $950 to drive down and back, but flights would be around $4,000 during the times we want to go. We do buy groceries and eat in our condo with just one meal in the park per day. We also opted not to do the park hopper pass, we're not big fans, as we feel you lose time as you're transported from one park to another, and it can save you quite a bit as well. - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 4:09PM
Great to know! Thanks for sharing! - ariel116  107.6 #71 4:24PM
You're welcome. And if you have any specific questions please feel free to ask. I'm an open book. - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 4:27PM
Lol. Great question. In our younger years when our jobs were not the best we scraped and scrounged to make it happen. We have only stayed off property once and didn't like it but many do( no wrong answer here) the majority of the times we have been here we have stayed valu resort ( we are gone most of the time and only sleep or shower here) and off season. I love sept but haven't stayed in sept for a while. Crowds are lower and cost is as well. We , like dizneygirl opt not to do the park hopper as well, we just don't use it. Now if you think you may want to do more than once in a year I would check into an annual pass it saves ticket price, hotel room discount, food and merchandise. There was no such thing as the dinning plan so we took breakfast items with us to hotel and ate in the room then we took snack to parks for lunch and ate a dinner in the park and most times it was counter service now known as quick service. Now to splurge we watch for free dinning and try to book within that window. We also save change and dollars through the year and that becomes game room money for the kids, special events or souvenirs. We buy Disney gift cards from the area grocer for fuel perks and get free tanks of gas. We use the gift cards for everything disney and universal. We also have a separate checking account that we call our Christmas/vacation fund and so much every week gets transferred from our main account to it do a savings plan. Works great just 25. A week gets you 1300. We save more but that's a start. We have also bought gift cards weekly, which is good also because you can only use them in disney. Lots of great things you can do out there, even consignment. Lots of luck to you - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 5:38PM
Wow thank you so much that helps a lot!! - ariel116  107.6 #71 6:38PM
Your welcome. Like diz said we love to help, ask away - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 7:43PM

 2079.9 #92 (DL Qual #53

Apr 23, 2017 7:48PM  WDW Talk Land
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- disneycm  801.7 #10 3:32AM
- DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 5:22AM
It's gorgeous - missmimi90  2079.9 #92 1:55PM
Wish I was there right now  - 5disneylovers  1278.3 #9 3:41PM
Beautifully  - disneygrandma1  2034.6 #2 7:38PM

 233.5 #41 (WDW Qual #522

Apr 25, 2017 5:33PM  WDW Talk Land
Be still my heart ๐Ÿ˜

So pretty.  - DznylndFamily  46.1 #119 5:45PM
 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ - disneycm  801.7 #10 5:53PM
Great photosโ—๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ˜‹โฐ - Radio-Man  346.0 #27 5:57PM
- disneygrandma1  2034.6 #2 7:37PM

 1050.0 #215 (DL Qual #137

Apr 25, 2017 4:47PM  WDW Talk Land
Picked up a Cruise Line Pandora charm while I was away.

Great choice  - 5disneylovers  1278.3 #9 4:49PM
๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ - disneycm  801.7 #10 5:52PM
Very nice - Pooh147856  456.1 #21 6:33PM
- disneygrandma1  2034.6 #2 7:36PM

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 233.5 #41 (WDW Qual #522

Apr 25, 2017 5:39PM  WDW Talk Land
Fantasyland at early sunset โ˜บ๏ธ

- disneycm  801.7 #10 5:53PM
That's quite the artistic shotโ—๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ“ธโฐ - Radio-Man  346.0 #27 5:58PM
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 346.0 #27 (WDW Qual #339

Apr 24, 2017 2:54PM  WDW Talk Land
The Art of Animation isn't my favorite Value resort but I really love the Cars section!

I've never visited or stayed at any of the value resorts, but the theming seems amazing I need to check it out when I go! - ariel116  107.6 #71 3:25PM
You do! They scream DISNEY! I really feel like I am in disney when we stay there.  - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 3:00PM
The theming is amazing! - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 3:44PM
Which is your favorite?? - ariel116  107.6 #71 9:42AM
My favorite Value resort is Pop Centuryโ—๐Ÿ˜€โฐ - Radio-Man  346.0 #27 12:31PM
I need to visit them all! - ariel116  107.6 #71 2:30PM
They are all so cutely themed. There is something special about them all. Bigger than life icons grace the grounds. Kids and adults are in awe of them.  - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 3:03PM
I am with you. Pop Century is my favorite value resort. We stayed at AOA one time but probably won't again.  - jbzdogz  35.2 #138 6:53PM
Really? What didn't you like. How is your trip going  - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 7:21PM

 233.5 #41 (WDW Qual #522

Apr 25, 2017 6:17AM  WDW Talk Land
๐Ÿ™€ lol great ride! Classic

Oh I'm too scared!  - ariel116  107.6 #71 9:42AM
I love the Twilight Zone themeโ—๐Ÿ˜ฎโฐ - Radio-Man  346.0 #27 12:30PM
Scary ride ๐Ÿ˜ฑ - 5disneylovers  1278.3 #9 3:42PM
Love it! - augustinek  26.7 #150 6:34PM

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 1278.3 #9 (WDW Qual #156

Apr 25, 2017 1:40PM  WDW Talk Land
Kind of bummed. My house has not sold and now family may not got to Disney with us. The sale of the house would have paid for my parents and foster brother to come. My 3 siblings and their family have not said they are canceling. Wait and see approach now.

Aww I'm sorry Patricia. Sending lots of   I didn't even know you were selling your house. Did you get a new one or what's in the horizon for you? When are you going to Disney  - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 3:07PM
I bought house for my parents in New York before I moved to pa.  They wa t to move to ga. So based on me selling the home (they get the money as I promised them the house as a thank you for giving up their land and home in Jamaica) so not selling the house means no money.  They will come another time once it sells.  Gods willing.  Going July 29-aug 13  - 5disneylovers  1278.3 #9 3:40PM
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Thanks  - 5disneylovers  1278.3 #9 3:40PM
Prayers that your home sells. You are a wonderful daughter.  - jbzdogz  35.2 #138 5:26PM
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 233.5 #41 (WDW Qual #522

Apr 25, 2017 5:35PM  WDW Talk Land
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Very pretty!  - disneycm  801.7 #10 5:52PM
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 35.2 #138 (WDW Qual #1872

Apr 25, 2017 5:24PM  WDW Talk Land
My name and city on the ramp at Star Tours.

Cool.  - DznylndFamily  46.1 #119 5:47PM
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๐Ÿ˜‹ I can't WAIT to try thatโ—๐Ÿ˜€โฐ - Radio-Man  346.0 #27 5:55PM
Ha ha love it  - 5disneylovers  1278.3 #9 6:00PM

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 1912.8 #3 (WDW Qual #54

Apr 25, 2017 2:29PM  WDW Talk Land
Thank you dizneygirl for doing the "cards for Kaylee" I received a single card on Saturday and then an envelope came yesterday. I get her from School on Wednesday so I will give them to her then. Thank you all for keeping her in your thoughts and prayers. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•

@@dizneygirl.  ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒบ - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 3:05PM
Aw do awesome  - 5disneylovers  1278.3 #9 3:41PM
You're welcome. All of us were glad to do it!! - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 4:05PM

 5.1 #436 (WDW Qual #8593

Apr 24, 2017 1:58PM  WDW Talk Land
Hello everyone! I haven't been on in a very long time, it's good to be back. I have a question I was wondering if anyone on here can help me with. My family is insisting we go to dw around Christmas, 12/27 -1/1. I have heard horrible things about going that time of year, the crowds, lines etc. Am I right, are we going to miserable waiting in lines? I'm afraid it won't be as magical. I need anyone'  More...

Hello and welcome back! During those dates you'll find the parks are at max capacity, especially Magic Kingdom. If you don't get up and to the parks bright and early you will find they will be turning guests away due to being full.ย People do go during these dates, obviously, and still have a good time. If you decide to go during these dates, pack your patience and realize you will get to see and do a lot less. For me personally, I prefer the least crowded dates. There are crowd calendars online if you Google for them, you'll find several. If I remember correctly the second week in January would be significantly less crowded. - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 2:09PM
We will be traveling with 3 boys and a little girl, ages 6,7,8 and 9. - sjmommy  5.1 #436 2:01PM
Thank you everyone so much for your advice. I appreciate it very very much. - sjmommy  5.1 #436 3:20PM
Don't do it. Just don't. I probably sound negative and I truly don't mean to but what happens if/when you and your kids get turned away at the gate to Magic Kingdom because it has hit capacity? I would just avoid the heartache and go literally any other time but the weeks between Christmas and New Years. - missmimi90  2079.9 #92 3:37PM

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 346.0 #27 (WDW Qual #339

Apr 25, 2017 12:36PM  WDW Talk Land
I'm sorry I didn't get to see the Blue Angels fly over the Magic Kingdom earlier this month!


 346.0 #27 (WDW Qual #339

Apr 25, 2017 12:32PM  WDW Talk Land
My, Olaf has grown, hasn't he??


 1544.1 #5 (WDW Qual #84

Apr 24, 2017 4:34AM  WDW Talk Land
#FreeDining .... Package Includes.... Room, Theme park ticket(s) with Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus Option, Dining Plan (Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages; Disney Dining Plan with Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel packages)

Not liking that moderate is Quick but free is free I guess.... - Scothran  112.3 #70 5:50AM
I'm with you on that. - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 5:58AM
Thanks for the info you sent me. I appreciate it! - missmimi90  2079.9 #92 1:26PM
You're very welcome!! - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 2:15PM
FINALLY GOT IT BOOKED AFTER 7 hours!! Pop century 8-15 to 8-20. Standard room( preferred gone) 4day hopper passes( which we won't use the hopper) and upgraded dinning which was 400. More per room. Totally worth the upgrade for the majority of the kids. It was less than magical but I'm so glad I am done!! Next week I'll call about my deposit  - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 7:52PM
@mmddgp - was just online and saw preferred rooms at Pop available with free dining for your dates. Go online and see if you can modify your reservation.  - teaching76  73.4 #0 2:20AM
Sorry to hear this, what a Hassel. Anyone we've done free dining, I always wait a few weeks after its released. It's a gamble (always got it though), but no hours of waiting! - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 4:27AM
*anytime - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 4:28AM
@@teaching76 my problem is that I am going a week before free dinning opens before every one so I either have to call or do it through visa. Thank you though - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 6:11AM
Oh sorry. I forgot that was the Canadian or visa week. I could do it online because I'm Canadian. Makes sense.  - teaching76  73.4 #0 8:31AM

 555.3 #423 (DL Qual #493

Apr 24, 2017 8:33AM  WDW Talk Land
Good Morning! Anyone have any suggestions/opinions? I'm having a hard time deciding what to do...I have 2 resorts booked for dec 8-13. One is CBR w the 75.00 gift card per night incentive and the other is Pop w free dining...just 3 of us going...which would you choose? Hmmmm...TIA for any opinions shared!

I would keep the moderate with the $75 which would probably more than cover QS food for each day. It seems like they would be about equal,  - Andrea84  754.5 #12 9:28AM
I would do this too! - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 9:29AM
Agreed! You can find ways to eat real cheap and have extra for souvenirs even! - ariel116  107.6 #71 9:33AM
I would too - Pooh147856  456.1 #21 4:24PM
Thanks!!!!  I'm tempted but I'm a little lery of the busses...what I'm reading doesn't seem overly positive...any thoughts on that subject? - brittandkell  555.3 #423 9:41AM
I finally got through on the phone! So I ended up switching to a pirate room (not my first choice but I'm going to pray for someone to cancel so I cvs switch back) and I ended up getting free dining plus the gift cards! Woo hoo! Hopefully the pirate rooms are ok!  Not sure my little girl is going to love the pirate room...lol - brittandkell  555.3 #423 11:18AM
My fiancรฉ and I are stuck with the pirate rooms as well. How romantic haha. But worth it in the end! Since we really only sleep there anyway. As for buses, I read mixed reviews but it seems like some people are just drama queens and the walk to the main bus station isn't too bad and from there the buses are good! I will be there in a few weeks I will let ya know! - ariel116  107.6 #71 1:53PM
I think you'll still enjoy the room. I remember the very first time we stayed on property the only way we could get these special offer was by staying at the All Star Sports. Nobody in our family, at that time, enjoyed Sports at all, not even my husband. However when we got there, everything being Larger than Life was just so cool, it did not take away from our enjoyment of our trip at all. And we still rave about staying at All Star - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 2:15PM
Totally don't blame you!! Pop is great!!! How frustrating to be disconnected after all that!  Now just think of all the fun you'll have on your trip!! Woo hoo!! - brittandkell  555.3 #423 8:47PM
BOTH resorts are excellent and the bus issue with CBR isn't a big deal unless it's a rainy day. Pop Century can be VERY busy and crowded and the entire resort "empties" into one set of bus stops - the lines can be long!  - Radio-Man  346.0 #27 4:07AM
Thank you!! Pop is our go to! We've only stayed in value and deluxe so it'll be an adventure checking out a moderate! - brittandkell  555.3 #423 4:48AM

 1544.1 #5 (WDW Qual #84

Apr 24, 2017 4:33AM  WDW Talk Land
#FreeDining info.... Free Dining 2017 for Walt Disney World Resorts August 21 through September 30, 2017 November 14 through November 20, 2017 November 25 through November 27, 2017 December 8 through December 23, 2017

Bump... I know there's a few of you going during these dates, so I thought I would refresh the post so you could see them. @mmddgp, @missmimi90 - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 2:17PM
Thanks diz!! I have been on the phone all day refreshing for it to say " all circuits are busy, try your call again" get in my car to drive to my grandsons game and finally there is pixie dust and a voice that prompts answers. Now I'mOn hold at 430 till 600. A girl comes on and starts working but it was far from magical. First the rooms at AKL don't include dinning so we opt to go with tried and true pops century no free dinning left!! Ugh. She's giving me a price of 4400 for pops/ ther is no way!!! Ok get one room figured out then get to the other room and it's stuck won't put me edand two grandsons in it. Saying we need two rooms. Are you kidding me. Back and forth for hours then after 5 1/2 hour I get disconnected. ๐Ÿ˜ช๐Ÿ˜ช so I go on MDE and my daughters ressies is there so I go to my rewards email click on it and start selecting and within a half hour I have a ressies with tickets and free dinning. Omg what was so hard!! Now I just have to make sure I get credited the money I put down on AKL. Anyway the difference was total 3800.  I am a wreck and now I need a drink! - mmddgp  1912.8 #3 7:45PM
Whew!!! What a day! I'm so glad you got it all worked out!!!  - brittandkell  555.3 #423 8:45PM
Gees!!  - DizneyGirl  1544.1 #5 4:29AM

 1050.0 #215 (DL Qual #137

Apr 24, 2017 5:07PM  WDW Talk Land
They did a diaper dash in the lobby one day.

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚cute - 5disneylovers  1278.3 #9 5:39PM
Wow, that is SO cool!!  - Radio-Man  346.0 #27 4:02AM

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