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    Disneydarlings Super Sparkly New Years Pre-Trip Report

    As you know I am a lucky local lady and a trip to Disney is nothing new BUT I just got word that I will be going on the trip to end all trips and I simply MUST pre-report it so here goes....


    CAST OF CHARACTERS

    Kanga - Me!

    Roo - My two year old son Disneydarling Jr aka Riley

    Uncle Sroodge - My uncle

    Chip and Dale - My little cousins (4 and 6)

    and possible my Dad, his wife, and their two kids


    THE PLOT

    My sister is getting married in Clearwater on Jan 5th, big black tie hoopla, relatives flying in from all over the world...not my kind of thing (or hers really) but her future mother in law is one of the "ladies who lunch" and demaned a big wedding. My uncle called me tonight to let me know that he will be flying over from Dublin with his two adorable daughters on the 30th and staying through the wedding. He is an investment banker and does very very well for himslef. (they are flying over seas on a private jet - to give you an idea of just how well!) Anyways....he calls me up and asks if I would be intereasted in planning a 3 day New Years trip to WDW with him and the kids....Boy would I ever!

    And here is the best part - he has asked me to plan the entire trip (with no expenses spared)...this is a DREAM COME TRUE! To give you a little background - I have never done Disney on this kind of budget. In all my life I have only spent the night twice, both times at value resorts..and I've only had three table service meals in all my visits. I went from being a poor college student to a poor grad student to a poor single working mom - I am the poster child for Disney on a Dime.....and now out of the blue I get to plan the exact trip of my dreams!!

    THE PLANS THUS FAR

    Uncle Scroodge and kids will be arriving the night of the 30th and staying at a business associates villa outside Orlando. I will be meeting him the morning of the 31st for day one. We will be staying on property the 31st, 1st, and 2nd then heading over to Clearwater for wedding festivities. Scroodge has requested that I reserve three rooms at the delux resort of my choice - one for me and Roo, one for Uncle Sroodge and the Chipmunks and one for my dad and his family should they choose to join us. He prefers a concierge suite if possible. And a good view is a must.

    Now here is where ya'll come in...I need help deciding where to stay and what to eat...and I want to share the fun of planning this trip with all of you! Afterall half the fun is in the planning.

    SOME CONSIDERATIONS

    The girls love princesses...so at least one princess meal is a must
    They have been to DL but this is their first WDW trip (with the kids)
    Lots of character interaction is a plus
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    Quote Originally Posted by butlers View Post
    Meg Are You Serious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wowzers Girlie

    I am seriously serious and completely psyched....this is good karma from all those times i snuck in a brown bag lunch to save $$
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    Two quick updates...

    Uncle S has requested that we book "something special" for New Years eve...not sure what that means but I'll get right on it

    He has also arranged for a sitter for the kids on New Years day so that the adults (him, my dad, my step mom, and myself) can go someplace "nice" for dinner....again not sure what that means but I am in charge so I will do my best....
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    *in Napoleon voice* LUCKY!

    First thing that comes to mind is Grand Floridian, that's where I'd go since it's the most expensive and luxurious. My second choice would be AKL just for the animals. I hope everything is not all booked up since it's kinda short notice!

    I can't wait to hear more!


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    OHHH WOW and DOUBLE WOW……………….. First, what is the name of that chimney sweep that you shook hands with and where can I find himJ. (Bert in Mary Poppins says in the song Chim Chim Cheree – “luck will rub off when you shakes hands with me).

    Second congratulations on such a fantastic dream come true trip. Now down to business, first thing to consider are the likes and dislikes of Uncle Scroodge, if you said the Princess theme is a must then I would shoot for the room at the castle as the magic you probably will need to stay there is green. If that’s the case and money is no object, I would definitely call Disney World and get some pointers on how to do this.

    Things I would definitely ask when speaking to Disney:

    - Can you get a personnel escort throughout your trip that would enable you to lets say bypass any line and get some extra sweet VIP treatment ……….like super star VIP treatment? It can’t hurt to ask. And hey you know Disney takes care of the stars (money tolerant folks)
    - Too bad the Princesses are not 16 years or older or, I would recommend doing the Magic Kingdom (Keys to the Kingdom) tour. Again, I would ask - for money is not an issue - plan and see how far that gets you.
    - For New Years Eve, I would try to see if your family would be interested in a private boat ride to view the fireworks display either for the Magic Kingdom or the other one you know (Illuminations). LOL! If you need other stuff to do I would definitely go for the behind the scenes stuff, as you stated you have only 3 days and I guess you will probably want to have the kids see and do more of the basic stuff at Disney to get the all over feeling of being at Disney.
    - For meals you definitely want to do the Cinderella’s Royal Table at the castle, Good luck with getting reservations to eat there. This would kinda be on short notice.
    Another option is the restaurant on top of the Contemporary - I heard the views are awesome for the fireworks. If you want an interactive sort of dining experience, try Fort Wilderness’ Hoop Dee Doo Revue or the Whispering Canyon Café is always a great place for food and fun.

    With so many options and choices it is almost not fair that you have this opportunity and only 3 days to experience it in. Maybe this could be just a small sample for the family and they would definitely want to return for a longer stay with you as their planner J and hey if you are looking for an assistant to join ya’ll please don’t hesitate to call us. LOL!

    Hope ya keep us posted on your y’all fantastic magical journey.

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    See! So i wasn't the only one half crazy to think that YOU SHOULD STAY AT THE CASTLE.... Uh, hello, special! uh hello, Luxurous! Uh hello, PRINCESSES and a double hello, MONEY IS NO OBJECT

    If that is too much out of the ball park, i would agree with Caroline. Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom Lodge {and the kids would love checking out all of the animals)

    Okay, and hold up... Uncle Scrooge is arranging for a baby sitter to watch ALL of the kids including little Roo, so mommy can have some time to interact with people grown enough to laugh with...... How old is Uncle Scrooge and can i marry him????? I'm teasing! I think yeah, i'm teasing, i'm not ready to trade in the model i have just yet....

    And about the Dining... I would call for ressie's to ALL of YOUR favorites. And include any of the rest. that have the Fantasmic package. So the other kids can see it as well...

    I'll come back when i regroup myself... For a minute i could of sworn i was going
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    I think the castle is strictly a dream prize and not available to book at any price

    Unle seems to think they hold back a couple of rooms even when they are booked and sell them to folks who will pay a preium...lets hope thats true.

    I am kind of leaning towards either the Contemporary or GF to stay....I would like the GF for myself but I think the girls would love to walk out their doors and see the monorail - plus breakfast at CM every day would rock

    I'm also looking into a tea party for them at the GF with the Alice in Wonderland characters

    Caro - AK is a great choice...unfortunantly Uncle does not do animals in any way shape or form....he has hired a guy at home who's only job is to keep wildlife off his lawn,,,,kinda funny cause his kids love em (I taught the youngest how to say "Daddy I want a pony" when she was itty bitty) so anything AK will prolly just be me and the kids
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    Quote Originally Posted by butlers View Post
    See! So i wasn't the only one half crazy to think that YOU SHOULD STAY AT THE CASTLE.... Uh, hello, special! uh hello, Luxurous! Uh hello, PRINCESSES and a double hello, MONEY IS NO OBJECT

    If that is too much out of the ball park, i would agree with Caroline. Grand Floridian and Animal Kingdom Lodge {and the kids would love checking out all of the animals)

    Okay, and hold up... Uncle Scrooge is arranging for a baby sitter to watch ALL of the kids including little Roo, so mommy can have some time to interact with people grown enough to laugh with...... How old is Uncle Scrooge and can i marry him????? I'm teasing! I think yeah, i'm teasing, i'm not ready to trade in the model i have just yet....

    And about the Dining... I would call for ressie's to ALL of YOUR favorites. And include any of the rest. that have the Fantasmic package. So the other kids can see it as well...

    I'll come back when i regroup myself... For a minute i could of sworn i was going


    Hahahah - he is 42 (and very hamsome...some people have all the luck) but he is also very happily married to his cardiologist wife (who cannot make the trip)....ooohh Fantasmic package....great idea!

    Yep he is bringing their nanny over to watch the girls during the wedding - she will be at wdw too (staying with a friend) and will only have to "work" one night so that we can go out....i told Unc that we should do the "Beer tour" of Epcot - thats something I have never been able to do with a little one! We may even do something off property...who knows
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    Meg! Meg! Meg my dear. I only have these two things to say to you...

    #1.. We want you to be on your BEST behavior

    #2... You are going to be OFF THE HOOK.. You do know that right???

    Oh, and 42, he's just a year older than my husband
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    First, you can't request to stay in the castle...no matter how much money you are willing to spend. Even celebrities are turned away. I think the way to go is the Polynesian Concierge Suites. Wonderful atmosphere, fabulous accomodations and conveniently located. Plus, the concierge service at the Polynesian is rated one of the best in all of WDW. AKL is to far removed from all the action - although I do highly recommend Jiko and Boma. Whereever you stay, you should arrange for welcome baskets to be in each room themed to it's occupants (I have the names of a couple services that do a fabulous job at this righ there in the Orlando area)

    As far as I know, you can't hire someone to get VIP treatment (that's a Universal thing). I wouldn't want to anyway - half the fun of some of the attractions is found in the details of the queues. Skip the backstage tours. These are more for Disneyphiles - not first time visitors. Plus, they woud take waayyy to much time our of your available park time.

    Your best bet for New Years Eve will be Epcot - that park can absorb much larger crowds without feeling crowded. If your dad and his family join you, you will have enough folks to qualify as a Magical Gathering. If that is the case, you could try to book the Illuminations Dinner and Dessert Party with reserved Illuminations viewing. The fireworks cruises are nice but most likely already booked solid. Plus you would have to leave the park to get to one of the docks and run the risk of not being able to get back in. It would be VERY expensive but you could see if any of the private viewing patios are available for rental.

    As far as meals go, you have several options. Personally, I have crossed California Grill off of my "must do" list. The last couple of trips there, I felt like I got less than acceptable service, they were unwilling to even consider any substitutions or deviations from the menu. And, I think the fireworks view from there is HIGHLY overrated. Once you're that high up, you realize that many of the fireworks actually go off from outside the MK and, as a result, it feels less like a show and more like random explosions of light and noise.

    This past trip, we tried Narcoossees for the first time. Loved it and the view of the fireworks from the deck was to die for. We also did Jiko for the first time and it is now on our "must do" list. Other favorites include Artist Point at WL, LeCellier at Epcot and Boma at AKL. It would be a miracle if you could score a meal in the castle. But miracles do happen. As a backup, there is always the Storybook Breakfast in Norway or the Happily Ever After Dinner with Cinderella at 1900 Park Faire.

    When making ADRs, be persistant. If what you want isn't available, keep calling back. Seatings can and do open up. Also, since it is very late in the game and a busy time of year, be a little flexible. Eat a little later or earlier than you normally would. Be willing to split your group into two or three. You might not be able to get a table for eight - but maybe two tables for four. Or one for four and two for two. Also be open to being seated maybe ten minutes on either side of each other. If all else fails, try for a walk-up the minute the restaurant opens.

    For the little cousins, see about booking BBB with the works. There is also a My Disney Girl Perfectly Princess Tea at the GF Garden View Lounge. But, not sure if Uncle Scrooge is willing wo sit through that with two little princesses. You can check at Guest Services each day to find out when and where you can see any of the characters if they have any "must sees"

    Given the crowd and your limited time, one thing I would maybe look at is arranging for a car and driver to be available to you for the three day - heck see if you can hire a limo. That way, they can pick you up with no wait, deliver you to the front gates of each park and you just sit back and enjoy the ride. The only park they couldn't drop you at the front gate would be the MK. But if you stay at the Polynesian, that's just a quick monorail ride away!

    When I worked for TDS, I was the Resident Vacation Planner. Whenever someone came into the store with planning questions, CMs pointed at me. Heck, they had even been known to give out my cell phone number (with my OK, of course) if a Guest had an urgent question. I LOVE planning for other folks - gives me a chance to step out of my box. First thing I always do is point the Guest to allearsnet.com. Deb's site has everything you could possibly need for planning a trip. It is well organized, up to date and very accurate. Get your accomodations locked down, then plan your meals, and then fill in with park touring details.

    If you have questions about any of the above, feel free to PM me.
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    Thanks - those are some great ideas
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    Oh my goodness, you have so much to plan, Meg! I still think I'd pick the GF over the Contemporary, you could still go for breakfast at CM, just hop on the monorail. At 4 and 6 years old I am not sure how much of a wow factor the monorail outside their room is, honestly. Kids don't care where they stay anyway. So, all that to say, book where your uncle would like to stay. I like the Illuminations dinner thing GalPal suggested, that sounds great.


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    Cirque for New Year's Eve! I understand they have a great show...I seem to remember DD said it was a little different from the usual. Tickets may be sold out, but you won't know till you try.
    If YOU can't do a VIP tour yourself, with all you know about WDW, then I think it's a lost cause. lol
    Victoria and Albert's dinner for the grown-ups, one evening.
    Boma has a great menu as does Artist's Point.

    Sounds like you've just got the bar with the golden ticket. Hope everything turns out great.
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