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 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

May 11, 2015 11:26 AM  WDW Talk Land
My husband and I are trying to decide whether to surprise our 6 year old son the day we leave for our trip or if we should tell him ahead of time. What have you all done? Do you think it's better for them to know ahead or be surprised? Our trip is at the end of August.
That depends on your son. Does he like surprises or would he rather be actively involved in the planning process? I hate surprises and started planning our Disney vacations when I was a kid. Obviously he isn't going to be making big decisions at 6, but maybe he would enjoy being involved in getting ready for the big trip. That just helps to build the excitement! - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  1034.0 #3 11:40AM
I think he would be ok with a surprise, but it's fun to plan with him. I think if we surprised him the day of he would freak out and that would be so fun to see.  - sjmommy  4.5 #488 12:46PM
I'd love to surprise the girls, but they love giving input. Plus I want to know where they want to eat and what they want to do. I think a surprise would be awesome. - DizneyGirl  720.9 #7 11:40AM
I pretty much know which restaurants he likes and which rides to fastpasses for him,  but I love planning with him too! I'm so on the fence. - sjmommy  4.5 #488 12:48PM
We surprised our 5 year old and it was a BLAST!!! We talked abt going to wdw just in general and "if we went to wdw" lol  That way we could talk abt it around her and ask her questions but she didn't know we meant NOW! Lol We didn't actually tell her until we were at the park and fly on our way in to the airport! It was so much fun! - brittandkell  443.3 #451 12:01PM
Lol....that's kind of what we are doing. We are feeling him out  and getting ideas from him in case we "were " to go again...lol. He would be SHOCKED if we're to tell him were leaving NOW! He might lose it. Haha. - sjmommy  4.5 #488 12:59PM
You could always tell him you are planning , so he can give some input , just not mention when & you can surprise him that way  - tracsant  1152.5 #2 12:51PM
Good point! Maybe we'll do that. - sjmommy  4.5 #488 1:00PM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

May 10, 2015 3:47 PM  WDW Talk Land
Just booked our trip! 108 days to go! Yay for free dining!
- skcanfield  494.9 #16 3:54PM
- brittandkell  443.3 #451 4:03PM
Yay!! Free dining is the best! - disneygrandma1  13.0 #201 8:49PM
Have a great trip - Winnie111286  3605.2 #34 1:09AM

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 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

May 3, 2015 8:53 AM  WDW Talk Land
I was wondering if anyone could help me. My family is planning a trip for the end of August. We were planning on checking in on the 27th and staying until the 3rd of September. The free dining doesn't start until the 28th. can we still get the free dining from the 28th and on even if we check in a day early? Would they allow us to pay regular price the 1st day and switch over to free dining? Any   More...
Congrats on you trip! That is a great week to go. I know in the past when we did this it was done as two separate reservations. One for the single day and the rest of your days on the other. If you go on Disney world site and check availability for the resort and your dates there is a little "chat" button that shows up you can tap that and ask any questions you need answered. They are a great help. Lucky you! You get the free dinning. Wish we could, we go August 14. Good luck - mmddgp  591.4 #10 9:01AM
Thank you so much for the advice! I will look for that chat button this afternoon! - sjmommy  4.5 #488 9:08AM
Chat has been down the last few days!! VERY frustrating!! - ncjal  239.6 #31 5:12PM
You can also call and speak to a cast member:) - fab5  149.9 #2619 12:00PM
I love talking to a real person but sometimes you have to jump through hoops to do it. So I do all me searching on line then when I know for sure what I want I call - mmddgp  591.4 #10 12:35PM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

January 16, 2015 4:35 PM  WDW Talk Land
Hi everyone! Is the end of August a good time to go to DW? I've heard it's very hot and hurricane season. Is that a real rainy time to go? I also read there are lower crowds at that time, which is a plus for me. I would love to hear anyone's thoughts. Thanks!
Not sure if it's a good time or not but that is when we are going this year to try it out. - Bakerjars  240.0 #30 5:14PM
We go every year the first 2 weeks of august it's hot. We have no problem with rides. We have a great time. It rains but it's fl. - 5disneylovers  974.8 #5 5:40PM
Thank you everyone for your advice! I really appreciate it. I was hesitant about going that time of year. Not sure what we are going to do but I am taking all of your thoughts into consideration. What to do, what to do...? - sjmommy  4.5 #488 12:26PM
What other times of year are you considering? - MinnieMousewife  870.8 #189 12:32PM
In 2000 we went at the end of August. It was hot ,but it Florida & pools feel great !!! Crowds were very low & we enjoyed ourselves a lot . We are thinking of going again then or the first part of June . - skcanfield  494.9 #16 2:30PM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

October 5, 2014 10:16 AM  The Hub
Hi all! Which moderate resort do you prefer Port Orleans Riverside or Caribbean Beach?
I've had the pleasure of staying at both. While they are both nice, my favorite was Port Orleans Riverside. CBR is the largest resort on property, so there's a lot of walking involved. The grounds at POR are beautiful! - mrsincredible  998.3 #4 10:23AM
Thank you for your input. I have stayed at Caribbean Beach, but it was years ago. You read my mind stating there is a lot of walking at that resort. POR looks beautiful. I have a 5 year old son, do you think he would like it there? We have always stayed at POP, he loves it there. Thought we would try something new our next trip. - sjmommy  4.5 #488 10:41AM
We stayed there in Dec 2012 with my niece and then 5yo son. We stayed in a Royal Room, and they both loved it! There are fireworks in the headboard. And, little gifts from the Princes and Princesses to Princess Tiana all over the room. We would definitely stay there again, but probably won't stay at CBR again. - mrsincredible  998.3 #4 10:48AM
That sounds like fun! Fireworks in the headboard sounds so cool! My son would love that. I've seen pics and videos of POR and it looks wonderful. If we do decide to go moderate, I am leaning towards POR. Thanks again! - sjmommy  4.5 #488 11:01AM
Caribbean. I love the tropical atmosphere and beaches. If you request preferred, near preferred, or a building right next to the bridge, walking really isn't bad. They also have a great pool and a kids pirate ship splash area. - PixieDust76  93.4 #73 10:38AM
Thank you! I do love Caribbean and the tropical aspect. So hard to choose! - sjmommy  4.5 #488 10:46AM
I didn't care for Caribbean Beach when I stayed there on my first visit (1998). I love POFQ, but have never stayed at Riverside. I always found it to be full of loud Guests, not as peaceful as POFQ. The bus service at POFQ is better too (the two resorts share buses, but POFQ is always the first stop). - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  1034.0 #3 7:04PM
We stayed at Riverside our first trip and really liked it!! The only thing that may be disappointing is the pool area if that's important to you or if you have kids. It was fine for us because we had a baby and a 3 y/o...but I think older kids would have been a little underwhelmed. - MinnieMousewife  870.8 #189 7:37PM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

May 16, 2014 6:53 PM  WDW Talk Land
Here are a few pictures from our trip we took May 9th- May14. It was SO hot but we didn't let that stop us from having the best time EVER! Missing Disney World so much. Six days just wasn't enough but grateful we were able to go.
No matter how long you go it's never enough. Lol. Glad you had a great time. N - 5disneylovers  974.8 #5 7:35PM
Nice collage - 5disneylovers  974.8 #5 7:36PM
Great pictures - Pooh147856  261.6 #27 7:39PM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

May 7, 2014 3:44 PM  WDW Talk Land
My son broke his arm today. Just in time for vacation :( We leave in 30 hours...at least the cast is waterproof, he can still go swimming :)
Yikes! What timing huh? Feel better soon little man and have a great vacation - missmimi90  1863.1 #76 3:45PM
Horrible timing but what can you do. There are plenty distractions to keep it off his mind, I hope. - sjmommy  4.5 #488 3:55PM
Sounds like my youngest, Jake! Hope it doesn't bother him on vacay. Safe travels! - mrsincredible  998.3 #4 3:48PM
Hoping it doesn't bother him too. I'm worried about the hot weather making for a hot cast. Fingers crossed it doesn't become unbearable for him. - sjmommy  4.5 #488 3:53PM
Trying to find silver lining- better now than in 29hrs! - timonT  326.9 #20 6:22PM
Awww, poor little guy! Here's hoping it doesn't bother him and you have a Great vacation!! - lghr  48.8 #101 7:16PM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

May 6, 2014 11:26 AM  WDW Talk Land
Oh boy...in 3 days we will be at Disney World! This is a picture of my son Gavin in 2012 riding the Disney World train for the first time (well, from what he remembers. He was actually a year old the first time, but he doesn't believe me) He is now 5. This will be our first stop when we get to Magic Kingdom :)
How cute! You are going to have a wonderful time. Where are you staying? Did you book any dinning ? Don't forget to see the new parade it is amazing - mmddgp  591.4 #10 11:32AM
We are staying at POP for 6 days and doing the quick service dining plan, but making an exception on Mother's Day and having dinner at Ohana for the first time. Can't wait! We are SO excited to see the new parade! It looks very cool! - sjmommy  4.5 #488 11:43AM
You will love Ohana's! - disneycm  633.3 #9 12:14PM
5 years old is the perfect age to go to Disney! I am confident he will remember this trip! - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  1034.0 #3 8:55PM
Awesome - 5disneylovers  974.8 #5 9:57PM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

April 30, 2014 6:34 PM  WDW Talk Land
We are down to single digits...9 more days to go!
Single digit dance party! - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  1034.0 #3 6:44PM
Love it! We'll be dancing til go time! - sjmommy  4.5 #488 7:00PM
Woot woot!! 😜 - singleprincess  71.3 #3940 6:54PM
Yay almost there packing timeπŸ˜„ - Tazhalo1  67.4 #4036 7:11PM
Yay!!! - ColoradoSoprano  39.3 #4919 8:11PM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

April 15, 2014 2:54 PM  WDW Talk Land
So excited! 23 more days!
So exciting!!! - brittandkell  443.3 #451 3:00PM
Yay! The orange color is cool. I don't remember having that has a chose when we went last November. - disneycm  633.3 #9 3:30PM
almost time - Hendizl  2634.8 #41 11:16PM
Very exciting! - goofygal  8397.4 #6 5:54AM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

April 3, 2014 6:45 AM  The Hub
I'm a bit quiet on here, but just wanted to say good morning to everyone. 35 more days!!!
Good morning! - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  1034.0 #3 7:04AM
Yay for 35 days so excited for you! So tell us al about your trip! Whose all going, where are you staying,How long , any dinning plans. We love to hear all about it. Have a great day - mmddgp  591.4 #10 7:05AM
Good afternoon! Your trip will be here in no time. - disneycm  633.3 #9 12:44PM
So close!! We love hearing from you!! - mrsincredible  998.3 #4 1:25PM

 4.5 #488 (WDW Qual #8049

February 18, 2014 4:25 PM  The Hub
I'm new to MW and just wanted to say Hi! Heading to Disney World in 77 days! Yay!
Welcome. We are a fun living Disney crazy bunch you'll fit right in. Is this your first trip? Where are you staying - 5disneylovers  974.8 #5 4:32PM
Hello & welcome! - CollegeDisneyKnowledgeGrad  1034.0 #3 4:33PM
Welcome! - happygma2  31.0 #126 7:44PM
Welcome!! Have a magical visit! Can't wait to hear all about it!! - DizneyGirl  720.9 #7 4:36AM

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