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  1. officialtom

    Buy park tickets now or wait for fall special offer?

    Hope I'm posting in the right place. We are doing 10 nights Nov 28-Dec 8, 2017, likely at POR. Hoping for a free dining special offer to come out sometime next month, which is what seems to have happened historically. There is currently a 25% off tickets deal for Canadians. It's actually a...
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    WDW merchant category code (MCC) for credit card charges

    Does anyone know WDW's merchant category code (MCC) when you buy a WDW vacation package? I've only paid the deposit and now want to pay the remaining large balance. Right now, I'm getting 4% cash back on hotel-motel purchases on my Mastercard. The charge must fall within one of the categories...
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    Availability on disneyholidays.co.uk but not disneyworld.disney.go.com

    I've been trying for weeks to get into POR or POFQ from Feb 27-March 10, 2017, but nothing is available according to disneyworld.disney.go.com. I've tried all the special offers, even a PIN code by email. I've also called more than once. I figured the resorts must just be booked up. We're...
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    Pre-Trip Family Reunion WDW Madness (Feb 27-March 10, 2017)

    Firstly, apologies for not finishing my January 2016 OKW trip report. I'll post some high level thoughts soon at the very least...not sure I'll get around to doing a full TR. So, back to the present. What it is about the start of summer that always makes us book?? Once again, we're booked...
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    2017 vacation packages and reservations

    It's been reported online for a few weeks that vacation packages and room-only reservations for 2017 would be available online starting today, June 21. I'm trying to reserve for March 2017, but cannot go past December 31, 2016 in the reservation calendar. Anyone else have better luck?
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    Too late for new luggage tags, told to go to MCO Welcome Centre

    Air Canada cancelled our flight next Wednesday, so we re-booked for Tuesday afternoon. Our main reservation is at OKW starting Wednesday night, and I booked room-only at Pop for Tuesday. We already have our yellow OKW luggage tags for Wednesday, which are now no good. The CM I spoke to last...
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    Late Dec 2016: insanely expensive?

    My brother's girlfriend's family wants to head to the world on Dec 26, 2016 for a week. I recognize that is smack in the middle of the busiest part of the year so this question might be hopeless. Is there any way to enjoy the time there without having to remortgage the house or sell a kidney...
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    CRT - prepaid, but want to use dining plan?

    We have a room only-reservation for Jan 2016, and are waiting for fall promos to come out, hopefully with free dining. We want to use our dining plan for a reservation at CRT. I got a reservation online, and had to prepay $226 (three people), which worked out to $300+ Canadian due to the poor...
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    Pre-Trip Our first ever DELUXE break from real life: a Jan-Feb 2016 PTR

    SPOILER! We originally booked for CBR, as you'll read below, but ended up upgrading to OKW!!! Our first ever deluxe stay. Can't wait! *************************** Hi! So, here I am, planning yet another trip. I just finished our January 2015 TR, which you can read here. I've already been...
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    Early 2016 trip: which tour?

    We're planning a Jan 27 to Feb 6, 2016 CBR trip right now (very early stages!) and I'm trying to decide on which tour to take. We did KTTK two years ago, and the Steam Trains last year. We really enjoyed both, with KTTK being the favourite so far. Options: 1. World Showcase DestiNations...
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    Trip Report Finally reporting ... A last-minute Griswold vacation: POR Jan 22-29, 2015

    Well, this is embarrassing. It's been six months since our last trip home. Not sure what my excuse is for the delay. Sure, I've been busy, but who isn't. Anyway, yesterday, on Canada Day, we spontaneously booked another trip for January 27 to February 6, 2016 at CBR when we stumbled across a...
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    Posting Instagram pics to threads

    I've been trying to figure out how to post pics from Instagram into trip reports. So far, all I can manage is a boring old text link. I have no problems posting from Flickr using the BBCode. I searched the Help section but didn't see any other threads about this. Any help out there??
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    Pre-Trip A last-minute Griswold vacation: POR Jan 22-29, 2015

    My most recent (first!) trip report: POR March-April 2014 So here we go again. Mom and I were talking about two weeks ago, saying how nice it would be to head to WDW again in March 2015. Back in November, I was in the process of breaking ground on a new house when some unforeseen roadblocks...
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    POR or POFQ...the classic question

    So we're planning our 6th trip home in March/April 2015 (or February if it's substantially cheaper), and our favourite resort is definitely POR. We've also stayed at CB and CS, but didn't like either of them nearly as much. That said, we've heard very good things about POFQ. The only negative...
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    Is it for me? I think so, but need you to give me the push...

    I'm WDW obsessed, and so are my partner and my mom. I've gone four times, and hope to go every year for the rest of my life. It's truly my "happy place" and my favourite place to spend a week or two each winter. I've thought about DVC before but I'm not 100% convinced that it's for me. I've...
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    Trip Report The tale of two Disney-obsessed Atlantic Canadians, March 27-April 3, 2014

    Alrighty, well, let me start off by saying that this isn't officially a trip report yet because we don't leave for another six days, but I have a few spare minutes so figured I'd lay the groundwork here. This report is for me (Tom, 25) and my mom (Peggy, 40+ ...). Here we are last February in...
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    Tips/hints for my first-timer aunt, uncle, and little cousins

    So we're going to the world in 16 days (PUMPED!) for our fourth trip, but this time my aunt, uncle, and little cousins will be there at the same time as us. We'll be at POR (our fav!) and they'll be at CB. My little cousins are 5 (girl) and 9 (boy) and I'm putting together a list of tips/hints...
  18. officialtom

    Our itinerary for March 27-April 3...so soon! Thoughts?

    I had posted our dining reservations a couple of weeks ago but we made some tweaks last night to better fit them around our park plans... here's our latest itinerary. Thoughts? All tips/pointers are welcome!! It's just two of us going (my mom and me) and we've been there three times before...
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    Recommendation for section at POR

    Going back to POR on Mach 27th (we've stayed there twice before, but it's been a while). I'm thinking I'll call and request a specific section/block for our room -- somewhere close to a bus depot and not too far from the main complex. Any thoughts? I'm thinking maybe 25 or 26. I think we...
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    Our March dining reservations...yum!

    Heading to Disney again in late March...it's become an annual trip and I'm absolutely beside myself waiting impatiently. Here's our dinner lineup, chosen carefully based on past experience and online reviews: Day 1: Dinner at Boatwrights at POR (our resort) Day 2: Late dinner at 'Ohana before...
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