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Pre-Trip 3 Couples Going on an Adventure in Nov' 2019

mattchu758

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Later this year, I will be embarking on a week long stay at Walt Disney World. My wife and I have not been there since March of 2018 so I've dying to get back. But I want to keep this first post simple and give you all of the details.

How:
So how did this trip come about? Well, our good friends have been wanting to visit WDW with my wife and I for a long time now. They asked us if we would be willing to go with them in November of 2019 and we, of course, said yes. Our friend is a school teacher so she gets a week off here in New Jersey. I know it’ll be a bit busy because of the runDisney event and Jersey week but I know we’ll make the most of it.

Who:
Matt (Me)
Melissa (my wife)
Miguel
Lindsey (School Teacher)
Doug
Kim (Sister of Lindsey)

Miguel and Lindsey are the ones who asked us on this trip. They are as big as Disney fans as Melissa and I are. We were trying to decide who we should invite on this trip and we decided to invite our other friends Doug and Kim. So cool story here. Doug is one of my longest and closest friends. I've known him since we were kids in middle school. Miguel has been a good friend of mine for a long time as well. I had started working with him when we were teenagers. Over the years, Doug and Miguel eventually met and had become friends as well.

Miguel and Lindsey met 6 years ago and will be married by the time we go on our Disney vacation. Doug went out on a date with Kim after meeting on a dating app. On their first date, they realized their mutual connection. Lindsey & Kim are sisters and Miguel & Doug are friends. They have now been dating over a year.

Now we are all friends and excited to go on an adventure with each other!

When:
November 2-9, 2019 (Saturday to Saturday)

Like I said earlier, we are going because Lindsey has off from her job as a school teacher. Her schedule only allows going during the those breaks or summer. I refuse to go in the summer ha.

Where:
Old Key West (2 Bedroom Villa) - Matt, Melissa, Miguel, Lindsey
Coronado Springs - Gran Destino Tower (Standard King) - Doug, Kim

My father in law is DVC member and allows us to use points his points every year. Very appreciative of that! He let's his kids use the points now which is great for us.

We chose Old Key West because it was the only resort that was available for that extended amount of time. His home resort is Vero Beach so we couldn't book that 11 months out and had to wait until the 7 month mark. We could have done a split stay but I didn't want to be bother with that. Honestly, I love Old Key West. My wife and I stayed there last year and we fell in love with it. It's so quiet and it honestly feels like you are returning home for the day. Miguel and Lindsey will be staying with us in the room as well.

Doug and Kim could have stayed with us as well but they wanted to get a place for themselves. So they found a great deal over at the brand new Gran Destino tower at Coronado Springs. I am very excited to check out the new tower. They actually had no idea it was new until I told them after they booked.

ADRS:
Crystal Palace - Breakfast
Toledo - Dinner
Cape May Cafe - Dinner
Ohana - Breakfast

Those are the only ADRs I have right now. We will figure it out later for rest of the days because I feel have to keep some spontaneity on your trip. I have never eaten at any of those places so I'm really excited to try them.

Special Ticketed Events:
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party - Friday, Nov 8
Up Close with Rhinos - Still need to book

None of us have done the Christmas party before so we are all very excited. We already booked our tickets and will be going on the very first night of the party! I know it'll be busy but I'll make sure to be patient with the crowds. I've done the Halloween party before so I know what to expect for the most part.

I also really want to do the Up Close with Rhinos tour at Animal Kingdom. We all agreed to do it, now we just have to book it. Very excited for that!

Other:
We are only buying a 5 day ticket with no park hopper. So we'll be making the most of those days. We are also giving ourselves some time to relax by the pool, visit Disney Springs and the other resorts.

I also have a Monorail Crawl planned. Well start by going to the Wave in the Contemporary. Then we'll head over to Trader Sam's at the Polynesian. Next we'll head over to the newly opened Beauty and the Beast themed lounge at the Grand Floridian (at least it's suppose to be open). Lastly, we'll take a boat to the Wilderness Lodge for one last drink at Geyser Point.

So that's pretty much it for now. I'll keep updating as time goes on and our plans shift around. Also, I have my own Disney podcast called X-S Press if anyone is interested. I put out two episodes a week: an episode on theme park news and an episode where I interview past cast members.

Anyways, can't wait to continue telling everyone our plans on our upcoming adventure. Let me know what are your thoughts on our upcoming trip!
 

mattchu758

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Disney released the park hours and extra magic hours for our trip in November so I made some tentative game plans for our park days. Let me know your thoughts in case you guys have any ideas. I am particularly excited about Wednesday :D!

Saturday - Arrival
We are arriving on Saturday and will be spending our time at the Boardwalk.

Sunday - Hollywood Studios
Here are a few ideas:
  1. Get there early for Extra Magic Hours and go directly to Galaxy’s Edge. Spend the day in Morning and Afternoon in the park. Leave at Dinner time and grab a meal somewhere else.
  2. Get there early for Extra Magic Hours and go directly to Galaxy’s Edge. Spend the entire day there in the park. Make a dining reservation in park or at another resort. Go back at night to see Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Land Land at Night. See Nighttime Fireworks or Fantasmic.
  3. Spend entire day in park

Monday - Animal Kingdom

  1. If we don’t get Flight of Passage FPs, we can get there early for EMH. Spend the morning and most of the afternoon in the park. Leave park to go back to resort and grab dinner somewhere on property.
  2. If we get Flight of Passage FPs, we can sleep in a bit and get there like 10-11am. Spend the entire day and eat dinner in the park. Some of my friends haven't seen Pandora at night which I think they should see
  3. Spend entire day in park
We also plan on doing the Up Close with Rhinos tour on this day.


Tuesday - Relax/Pool Day

I figured this day people could do whatever they wanted. If we all want to hang by the pool, we could do that. I think Coronado Springs has the better pool over Old Key West so maybe we'll hang there. Does anyone have thoughts on this?

We also have dinner plans right now at Coronado Springs that night at Toledo. We could even go to Epcot this evening and get dinner there. They have EMH from 9PM - 11PM.


Wednesday - Magic Kingdom

So I feel like there is one game plan for this day and I’m really excited about it.

We have 8:15AM breakfast reservations at Crystal Palace and the park doesn’t open until 9am. We’ll spend the morning and some of the afternoon at the park. Then we can go back to our resorts for a refresher and a nap perhaps. We will then do our Monorail Crawl which includes stops at the Contemporary, Polynesian and then the Grand Floridian. After that is done, we’ll go back to the Magic Kingdom for EMH. The park will close at 11PM for us.

I think this is the perfect day at Walt Disney World. It'll be a long day but it'll be amazing. What do you guys think?


Thursday - Epcot

Sleep in this day and get a bit later start. Stay in the park all day and get a dining reservation somewhere. Watch the new fireworks show.


Friday - Relax/Christmas Party

We have breakfast reservations at Ohana right now at 10am. Do whatever we want throughout the day then head to Magic Kingdom at 3:30. Spend the rest of the evening there for the Christmas Party.


Saturday

Pack up and leave. We’ll have to decide what park we want to do this day if we don’t do a park on Tuesday. Take a late flight home.

So those are some tentative plans right now. I'm curious to hear what everyone thinks of this! Any ideas or concerns? Let me know!
 

mattchu758

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Another update:
I've have been doing some thinking regarding the flights to Orlando. We had an idea that we thought would be pretty cool. The week we are visiting happens to be the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend as well as Jersey Week. Since we are suppose to leave on Saturday, flights out of Newark Airport are insanely expensive right now. So Melissa and I had an idea.

Melissa and I are thinking about leaving on Thursday night, Oct 31, instead of that Saturday. On Saturday, the most ideal flights are at 9:41AM and 11:18AM out of Newark and both of those flights are almost full. The 11:18 is very close to being full. There are other flights during the day: 2:30, 4:00, 5:00 but at least in my opinion, I want to get in as early as possible to make the most of the vacation. Those later flights are a little cheaper and are not as full. Some of our party might fly out of Philly and those flights are significantly cheaper which is good. Right now, there are flights are about $400 with Frontier and $500 with American out of Philly. Melissa and I won’t be flying out of there because Newark is a 20 minute drive and it’s much more convenient.

So who knows what will happen with flights in the coming months. There will probably be a price drop but how much? That’s what got Melissa and I thinking about maybe leaving on Thursday night instead. I have a detailed document that I had created for Mel & I based on airline prices, hotel prices and Lyft fees. I won’t go into that right now but I’ll give you an overview.

As of right now, if the prices stay the same for flights, it could be slightly cheaper to leave on a Thursday and stay at a hotel near Disney Springs for a couple nights. Since its Halloween, I don’t think that many people will want to travel. We’d leave on a 7:45PM flight out of Newark. Stay the The B Hotel which is walking distance to Disney Springs. Mel and I would spend the day working remotely at the resort and go to Disney Springs that evening. Then on Saturday morning, we’d go to Old Key West and drop off our bags then figure out what we want to do during the day.

Luckily, we have the ability to work remotely and not waste a day of vacation time. We are going to be patient though and watch ticket prices closely. But that is our thinking and a little bit more of the Florida sun wouldn’t hurt! What are your thoughts on this?
 

krisri18

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Another update:
I've have been doing some thinking regarding the flights to Orlando. We had an idea that we thought would be pretty cool. The week we are visiting happens to be the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend as well as Jersey Week. Since we are suppose to leave on Saturday, flights out of Newark Airport are insanely expensive right now. So Melissa and I had an idea.

Melissa and I are thinking about leaving on Thursday night, Oct 31, instead of that Saturday. On Saturday, the most ideal flights are at 9:41AM and 11:18AM out of Newark and both of those flights are almost full. The 11:18 is very close to being full. There are other flights during the day: 2:30, 4:00, 5:00 but at least in my opinion, I want to get in as early as possible to make the most of the vacation. Those later flights are a little cheaper and are not as full. Some of our party might fly out of Philly and those flights are significantly cheaper which is good. Right now, there are flights are about $400 with Frontier and $500 with American out of Philly. Melissa and I won’t be flying out of there because Newark is a 20 minute drive and it’s much more convenient.

So who knows what will happen with flights in the coming months. There will probably be a price drop but how much? That’s what got Melissa and I thinking about maybe leaving on Thursday night instead. I have a detailed document that I had created for Mel & I based on airline prices, hotel prices and Lyft fees. I won’t go into that right now but I’ll give you an overview.

As of right now, if the prices stay the same for flights, it could be slightly cheaper to leave on a Thursday and stay at a hotel near Disney Springs for a couple nights. Since its Halloween, I don’t think that many people will want to travel. We’d leave on a 7:45PM flight out of Newark. Stay the The B Hotel which is walking distance to Disney Springs. Mel and I would spend the day working remotely at the resort and go to Disney Springs that evening. Then on Saturday morning, we’d go to Old Key West and drop off our bags then figure out what we want to do during the day.

Luckily, we have the ability to work remotely and not waste a day of vacation time. We are going to be patient though and watch ticket prices closely. But that is our thinking and a little bit more of the Florida sun wouldn’t hurt! What are your thoughts on this?
I vote go for it! Our 12 night trip back in 2017 turned into 16 nights because the savings in airfare for 4 people plus the free gift card we got for staying at Caribbean Beach during construction for 4 nights meant we were only spending a couple hundred dollars more total for the entire trip. Disney math!
 

mattchu758

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I vote go for it! Our 12 night trip back in 2017 turned into 16 nights because the savings in airfare for 4 people plus the free gift card we got for staying at Caribbean Beach during construction for 4 nights meant we were only spending a couple hundred dollars more total for the entire trip. Disney math!
I know! I honestly think we are going to do it. We'll spend a bit more money on food but it'll be worth it in the end. Just the thought of ending my work day and heading over to Disney Springs for dinner makes me want to do it ha.
 
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