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Vacation Planning Tips & Tricks Discuss little advice, please... in the Vacation Planning forums; I am seriously considering going to my travel agent and lengthening my trip to WDW next year. after reading many of the discussions here, I think it may be necessary ...
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    little advice, please...

    I am seriously considering going to my travel agent and lengthening my trip to WDW next year. after reading many of the discussions here, I think it may be necessary to do this in order to fit everything in that we want to do. right now my plans are for 8days/7nights, a full week of Disney. my fiance will go along with whatever I decide. I also know that the obvious answer is, "of course! the longer the better at WDW!!!" and believe me, I'd stay there 6 months a year if I could, the only problem with this plan is the money situation.

    I would seriously have to scrape and make some sacrifices (financially) to add 2 days or so onto the end of my trip plans (making it a 10 day/9 night trip). here's a list of the things we definitely want to do:

    1. I want at least 2 full days at the Magic Kingdom and a full day at each of the other 3 parks

    2. we want a full day to split between the two water parks

    -so, up to now we have a total of only 6 days, BUT! we will also be doing a LOT of sit-down dining (including long dining affairs such as V&A's, the Luau at the Polynesian, etc.). we also will be doing Cirque du Soleil and some serious partying at Pleasure Island. my fiance wants to go fishing and have time for other "relaxing" activities like that (which includes some "us" time, heh heh).

    so, can I cram all of this into an 8day/7nite trip? or should I try my darnedest to extend our stay? also, we already have our plane tickets for 8days/7nites, how hard do yall think it might be to change this stuff up?

    thanks a bunch for all the help!

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    I think 8/7 will be fine. You are already starting by planning early. When are the trip dates?

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    My immediate advice was to tell you to add on the extra couple of days, however it does depend on when you'll be traveling, according to your countdown it looks like a summer vacation which is usually pretty crowded. You can probably do Animal Kingdom in a half day and then hit one of the water parks the same day to save a day there. I personally like to have time to relax, use the resort pools, and not feel so rushed. So I try to plan days for sleeping late and staying up late. Another factor is if your staying on or off-site and which resort your staying at. You can also take advantage of Magic Hours if your staying on site. My final advice even though it sounds a little crazy is to sit down and make up a full detailed schedule including your relaxing time and then see if you need to add on extra days. Also check and see with your travel agent if you can add on the extra 2 days now, and then cancel them if needed. Just like you, I can never spend enough time in WDW!!! Good Luck and Happy Travelin'

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    i would say if money is an issue, you should be fine with the length you plan to stay..we would usually go for about that long, have sit down dinners and lunches, a day at a waterpark, and plenty of times for the parks...and since you are planning way in advance you'll be able to map out a good plan of attack for your visit...but if you are going to extend your stay i'd get right on those plane reservations bc most of the time there's a fee...i've had to pay the difference every time i have switched a flight...what a pain but if it needs to be done then it's worth it...i hope you have a great trip! as we all know, you and your fiance will have an amazing time.
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    LOL@ self.....what April said reminds me of me....I have such a detailed itinerary that I even have our bedtimes listed along with when to get dressed and every snack time for my 2 yr old included. I either overplan things or have WAAAAAAYYYYYY too much time on my hands.

    You should have loads of time to do almost all you want...just plan your days at the parks around your dining plans...EXP---day you are going to V&A's go to MK in the morn and afternoon hop the Monorail over to GF then head back to MK for the nite time stuff
    And you can do a water park in late morn and afternoon of day you head to PI at night
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    WDW has so much to do - you just can't do it all. Just think, this will give you an excuse to plan another trip. If you get an annual pass, you plan a trip before the end of the next year - even a quick trip will allow you to do some extra things?

    Question - is this your honeymoon trip, since you mention your fiance? Just curious?
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    first off, thanks a bunch for all the responses!

    yes, this is our honeymoon. and I think what I'm going to do is finish paying off our vacation as it is now (8days/7nites), then see how much longer it is till we leave, and if I feel like I can afford it fairly easily (despite normal wedding expenses), then I'll tack on the two extra days.

    we're planning on going May 28th thru June 4th, which I'm sure is a busy time of year, although hopefully not quite as busy as late June through August. I suggested to my fiance that we could push it back till Christmas (I went with my family at Christmas once and it was amazing! the best time I've ever had down there), but I forgot that we're already going with my family during Christmas of '07, and she said she didn't want Christmastime Disney two years in a row. also, she is more into the fun-in-the-sun type stuff than I am.

    we'll be staying at the Wilderness Lodge, which I've read is a quick boat trip to MK, but a long bus ride to everything else.

    anywho, thanks again for all the hints and stuff! what a friendly buncha folks!
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    Your welcome....don't forget to tell them EVERYWHERE you go that it is your honeymoon...from what I hear you get some great perks(not that I will ever know because I am the ultimate spinster...lol) Is your fiancee a member too?...I might have an idea who if so...hehehehe
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    no, she isn't a member here, but I've talked about this site so much, she might as well be! I've tried to enlist her, but she isn't too into computers.

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    You shouldn't have too many crowds that time of year since all the kiddies are still in school!!!

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    If you really plan to do IT ALL, I would try to add another day or two. But I think in the 8 days you have planned, you can get a lot done, with some good planning!
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    Maybe they'll upgrade you to the Honeymoon Suite!!!

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    Went on my Honeymoon this past June... We stayed 11 days... it was a wedding gift from my parents... Sweet!! We got teh 7 day hopper w/ the 4 options.. We used all 7 days and 2 out of the 4 options.. we also spent a day at Universal and a day at Sea World.. I found going on numerous family trips it much easier to get things done when it's only 2 of you.. I think that 8 days are plenty if you are just doing Disney.. (no outside parks)... Maybe you will get lucky and someone will get you a few extra nights as a gift.. Drop hints!!

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    If you can forego the travel agent (assuming it is not AAA) you can plan your own trip for much less. If you have AAA though you can get discount on rooms, tickets, etc. If you are an AP then you can get discounts on meals, tickets, gifts, etc. and do your own planning and still get discounted room with AAA membership. It seems AP room discounts are going to be gone soon.

    As far as number of days, I would say for what you are planning you could do it all comfortably in about 10 days/9 nights.
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    ok, so I bit the bullet and went to my travel agent and booked the two extra days (making it May 28th thru June 6th, 10 days/9 nights). I'm really excited but nervous about getting it paid off! wish me luck in scraping up money!!!!

    thanks again for all the replies!

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