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Pre-Trip Thanksgiving/Birthday Weekend 2017

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by Princess Leia, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. I am Timmy

    I am Timmy Well-Known Member

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    So happy for you! We love Harry Potter, too. We always go to Uni first, then Disney whenever we go to Orlando. Last trip my DS talked me into getting a robe (120.00 +tax), so I had to take a "test" to see which house I am in. So many people wear robes, it's fun. Also, the interactive wands are about $40-$45 each. If everyone in your party isn't interested in owning one - just buy one and everyone can share it at the wand sites.
     
  2. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I'm a Hufflepuff (badger pride), so I definitely will be getting some sort of merch. Maybe not a robe, but possibly a sweater. What house were you sorted into?
     
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    I am Timmy Well-Known Member

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    Hufflepuff! Got the robe, tie, scarf, and lanyard. My DS 24 is a Ravenclaw, so he got everything blue. We were there in Nov., so wearing a robe, tie and scarf wasn't as hot as it could've been! We wear our stuff at home when we watch the movies, too (I know, we're nerds) so we get more use that way.
     
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    Kiwiduck Well-Known Member

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    I took the test to see what house I would be sorted into before my trip last year so I could buy the appropriate merchandise, but unfortunately I had mostly run out of spending money by the time I got there!! Besides, I was sorted into Slytherin :(
     
  5. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    My best friend's a Slytherin. Absolutely nothing wrong with it. Just means you're ambitious :)
     
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    amjt660 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Direwolf

    Very late to the party but following along now.

    I commend your patience with your family and friends.
    Being a hardcore planner it would drive me batty if you do not even know who is going!!!

    Much earlier in the thread you mentioned the dinning plan.
    Here are my 2 cents.
    We have used it over the years and have witnessed first hand the minimizing that has occurred. (tip not included, appetizer dropped, )
    Right now you get an non-alcoholic drink, entrée and dessert for a table service.
    My family enjoys appetizers and usually do not eat a lot of desserts ( food allegories - soy, milk, chocolate- does not help)
    Also my daughters (20 and 21) like to order salads as a meal - so we end up with a lot of wasted food because everyone has to order an entrée.Or worst I overeat to compensate.

    So for us it is a no go on the dining plan
    But that is just us - I know some people who still get there monies worth

    Max
     
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    amjt660 Well-Known Member

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    You are from Ohio??? Get a house scarf
    We purchased a complete set for the four of us
    I am Ravenclaw, youngest is Gryfindor, oldest is Slytherin and my wife is Hufflepuff.
    We did not take the test though - just based it on personality traits.
     
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  8. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Oh that's so funny how that worked out! I need my sister to take the Pottermore test, but she took a Buzzfeed quiz that broke the houses down by percentage (yet it was filled with leading questions that made it obvious what house you'd be sorting into), and she was mostly Gryffindor (I was still Hufflepuff, yay!)
    A hat or scarf (or both) would probably be used the most for me lol

    I think we're going to go against the dining plan. I've been trying to do the math, and we would be losing money with it... unless we saved most of our credits and turned them into snack credits at Epcot. But that's probably not happening. If we were going during a free dining period, we would probably consider it, but not at the price it's currently offered at.
     
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  9. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    So, this has nothing to do with my November trip, but it does have to do with the trip after it.

    One of my friends (not going on this trip) has been planning a Disney wedding with her boyfriend for the past 2-3 years. Yes, boyfriend, not fiance. They both have all of the details planned for this thing without being officially engaged, but my friend has told me that they'll probably get engaged after they buy a house.

    Well, they're currently looking at buying a house, and a couple days ago, my friend accidentally found his diary... and found out that he intends to propose sometime this year. :joyfull:

    I'm really looking forward to that trip, whenever it happens, because a) I love weddings, b) I love Disney, and c) I love my friend and cannot wait to see her (we live in different states). Also would like to really start being a part of the wedding planning, instead of just looking at potential bridesmaid dresses, or bachelorette ideas.

    I know that you have to plan the wedding a year in advance, so I'm hoping her bf proposes within the next few months ;)
     
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  10. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Katie and I are starting to figure out FP+s... 7 months early...
    This our Day 1 plan if Magic Kingdom opens at 9 AM:
    • Getting to the park early to spend time on Main Street USA
    • First ride: Haunted Mansion
    • FP+ 1 (in the 9-10 range): Peter Pan
    • FP+ 2 (in the 10-11 range): Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • ADR Lunch at 11 for Be Our Guest
    • FP+ 3 (in the 11:30-12:30 range): Space Mountain
    We're assuming that we'll be able to do a lot of Fantasyland without any FastPasses (at least that's what I'm guessing based on the MDE app). If we need to backtrack, so be it.

    I need to check, but can you book the 4th FP after you check into the 1st? Or does it have to be after you've checked into the 3rd? Fingers crossed, Jungle Cruise will be our 4th FP (hope to get it after 1:00). After that, who knows. We'll probably need them for Splash and Big Thunder too.

    Also on my list of things to do that morning is to finally meet Gaston. I have 6 characters that I want to meet at Disney this fall: Tigger, Mickey, Gaston, Chewbacca, and Anna & Elsa. Tigger and Mickey are for tradition's sake (I know that I've gotten pictures with Tigger for at least 3/6 trips, and I'm sure that I've gotten a picture with Mickey on every trip, just need to find the evidence). Gaston and Chewie for the novelty. Anna & Elsa will probably be the easiest due to the low wait times. I think the only character that Katie is interested in meeting is Mary Poppins.

    When it comes to shows, I am definitely interested in seeing the Muppet shows. I hope we can see both of them, but time will tell. Country Bear Jamboree and Tiki Room are also must-sees. I'd like to see the parade, but I know we won't be lining up for it early.

    The trip is still so far away, but I'm glad we're getting some of the planning done now :)
     
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  11. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Trying to get a headcount for the Disney trip by the end of the weekend, even though I don't think we really need to book a hotel for another month. Katie's just getting anxious about it :( We're definitely still at 3 as the minimum, not sure what the max is at the moment.
     
  12. wdisney9000

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    My wife and I did a September trip a few years ago. The humidity was brutal. We adjusted by leaving the room super early each morning and returning by 1 pm to relax for a few hours and by late afternoon the humidity was not nearly as bad. To us, it seemed to be he worst between 1pm - 4 pm. So we just used those few hours to relax and drink more beer in the room or walking around the resort (inside):cool:
     
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    We have been during November many times. In my experience, the crowds are hit and miss. Crowded one day, light crowds the next, especially at Epcot. MK is always going to be crowded. HS and AK are similar to Epcot. Crowded one day, but not the next. We park hop like crazy so we have had days when we hit AK in the morning, then head to Epcot for lunch and drinks and maybe a ride or two, then bounce over to HS for the evening. Then we will go back to AK the next morning and the crowd level will be completely different.
     
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    Hi Direwolf
    You cannot book your 4th until you have checked into all 3 of your first.
    I hope you can lock down the participation list soon so that you can get the hotels, meals and FP figured out.

    Max
     
  15. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    So.

    Remember that idea of taking a quick trip to Disney and Uni next month?

    Might have just talked my sister into it.

    She needs to talk to her boss, but it would be a short trip (2 or 3 Disney Days and 1 Uni Day), probably occurring during the first full week of March. I'm looking at hotels and Air BnB to compare prices. She's okay with staying on property (she remembered the 'free' bus transportation), and I told her that some Disney hotels have special rates, and depending on our park days, there's Extra Magic Hours too.

    Her boyfriend is in the Marines, and he might be getting stationed far away from her later in the fall, so I'm guessing that her travel time around Thanksgiving will be to see him. So that's the reasoning behind this trip. We want to go on vacation, and now is a good time to do it. I don't think we'll know for certain until Monday.
     
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    I hope this one happens - sounds like fun

    Max
     
  17. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks Disney for scheduling the Christmas party every other day on my trip :rolleyes:. My friends and I aren't interested in going, and we don't want to die in a swarm of people on Saturday, so here's the new plan (again).

    November 24th: Arrival Day/Disney Springs/O'hana (tentatively)
    November 25th: Animal Kingdom/DHS (Early Morning Magic at Animal Kingdom= Happy people :happy: More time at Pandora!!)
    November 26th: Universal Orlando / Islands of Adventure
    November 27th: Magic Kingdom. Not exactly looking forward to fighting the crowds on my birthday, but we're all planning on arriving well before rope drop (like, the time that Main Street opens is when we will arrive)
    November 28th: Epcot (2 extra evening hours to eat and drink around the world :happy:)
    November 29th: Departure Day
     
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  18. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Meals (tentative):
    Friday Dinner: O'hana
    Saturday Lunch: Pandora or Yak & Yeti
    Saturday Dinner: idk, someplace at DHS
    Sunday Lunch: Leaky Cauldron
    Sunday Dinner: Three Broomsticks
    Monday Lunch: Be Our Guest
    Monday Dinner: idk, I could just eat a turkey leg and be happy (I'll need to stop into Cosmic Ray's at some point to see Sonny)
    Tuesday Lunch: ... yeah, we're just eating and drinking around the world for most of the day
    Tuesday Dinner: Possibly Le Cellier? If Canada doesn't have a holiday food stand, I guess we'll have to eat here.
     
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    The park plans and meal plans look good to me!!

    If you wanted to try a lunch outside of Potter World you should look into Mythos in IOA

    Max
     
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  20. Princess Leia

    Princess Leia Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Well, after months of planning.... we're finally booking the trip. There will be 4 or 5 of us (still waiting on my sister to figure out her schedule for November). And we're finally booking the trip today!!!!

    Had to reorganize thanks to Mickey's Christmas party... and the probable dates of EMH.

    Saturday- park hop between AK and DHS
    Sunday- park hop at the Universal parks
    Monday- Magic Kingdom for the birthday (as we fight through the probable crowds...)
    Tuesday- Epcot
     
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