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Pre-Trip Flowers, Food & Fun- A May Pre-trip report!

DisneyGigi

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Update- After the announcement of Star Wars Land early opening... August 29, the day after our Anniversary- 😑we always try to go on our anniversary or close to it. I canceled Our September (Late August trip) Took a lot of thought because we knew we were taking a break to let it die down somewhat, but expected to get that 4 day trip in. I can’t see making a trip smack in the middle of that chaos though.

Silver lining to this??? We added, ironically, May 4th, Star Wars Day to this trip. Go figure! No ADRs or anything this day, just a bonus. We will figure out another short trip hopefully before the opening.

Here is the double bad, non silver lining.

I don’t think we will be renewing our APs when they die In September. 😭😭

It just seems stupid, if we are taking a break. We will not be going until at least May next year and being tied to the renewal date expiration makes no sense right? It seems we would be better off, paying full price online and not having them be active until we do go back?
AP holders please chime in! The last time we had APs, we did not renew.

Same kind of situation. We turned 10 day park hoppers into APs in August 2015, went again in May 2016, because it was cheaper. Granted, with September, November, May, and a summer long weekend, we got way more bang for the buck this time (2018-2019) I know prices are going to go up, but you have 30 day window to renew correct? So 8/4 I can renew?( 9/4 they expire) If prices go up before then, I have to renew at new price- to my understanding? If they do not raise them by then (Lol) we would probably be stupid not to renew.
Thanks in advance, I know I am babbling!
 
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DisneyGigi

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44 or 43 days away and still tweaking! Can’t remember if I changed my chalkboard this morning.

I gave up my BoG because I just wasn’t feeling the 2 credits on Dining plan but also because Whispering Canyon Cafe added new skillets which look amazing. I love the antics and the food there and have only done it as part of the Backstage Magic Tour.

We debated very much adding several more days to this trip because of the early opening of Star Wars messing up our anniversary trip but in the end, we decided to stay at the beach for a week after we leave Disney. One of the best vacations we ever had was 10 days in Disney, followed by 7 days of glorious sand, surf and relaxation in 2008 I think, it was. I think we made a wise decision- at least that is what I keep telling myself.

We are not renewing our APs and instead will go back for an early, short anniversary trip in mid August before all insanity breaks loose, then a week at the beach in September. Our earliest next trip after that will be May of 2020. :-/ We will most likely buy APs online, and let them lie dormant until we know when we are going back. Just does not make sense right now to renew.

Also debating trying DCL. I have vertigo is the only thing holding me back right now. I can’t do piers, with slats, if I look down once, I am done.
Docks, if the water isn’t choppy I am fine, on a boat- (lake boat) good unless it stops and the water is choppy... then I will power puke. I know everyone says you can’t feel it, on a big ship, just worried my brain will still feel it. What a waste of money it would be, if I did get sick. 😑

Anyway, lots of time to figure all that out, just going to concentrate on this amazing vacation first!
 

aliceismad

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For the record (and I’ve only been on 5 cruises) I can totally feel the ship move. Not all the time, of course. Mostly just leaving port. I usually take Bonine with me but rarely need it. I know people who are prone to motion sickness and have had really good results with the patches that your doctor can prescribe. So maybe there are options for you.
 

DisneyGigi

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For the record (and I’ve only been on 5 cruises) I can totally feel the ship move. Not all the time, of course. Mostly just leaving port. I usually take Bonine with me but rarely need it. I know people who are prone to motion sickness and have had really good results with the patches that your doctor can prescribe. So maybe there are options for you.
I will definitely ask about those when I go to the doctor next time! It is so weird I love rollercoasters but the dumbest things make me sick. The Tom Sawyer Island bridge for one. It paralyzes me I get so dizzy on it.
Your ADRs look like my ADRs... Thanks for mentioning the fantasmic package, my ADR day was today and I had made lunch at MM, but didn't think to do the package... so I redid it and now we will get the VIP seating.
I love the VIP seating package. Makes it so much easier, great seats now too, way better than they used to be a few years ago. Glad you got it! :)
 

DisneyGigi

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My pick for name- is Sarabi, to go with Nala- it just has to be a Disney related name- B thinks we could come up with a better name- any suggestions to throw in the hat, appreciated!
 

aliceismad

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My pick for name- is Sarabi, to go with Nala- it just has to be a Disney related name- B thinks we could come up with a better name- any suggestions to throw in the hat, appreciated!
Kiara is the name of the girl lion on the new Lion Guard cartoon. Simba and Nala's daughter.

For old Disney, if I ever get a girl cat, I want to name her Dinah, of course. Some might prefer Duchess from Aristocats.
 

LeighM

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I've been making some tweaks to my trip too LOL. I dropped a lot of ADR's, moved 'Ohana from Sunday to Thursday and added Trail's End to one of the days. My diet has gotten more restrictive and with the menu changes at some of the restaurants, I couldn't justify paying $20+ for a salad. So it's looking like more quick service than I was expecting. I refuse to give up on 'Ohana, even though I know it's all going to bother me later, so that's why I moved it to the end of the trip. But moving it also opened up the Sunday to possibly doing Typhoon Lagoon, weather permitting. I'm absolutely loving that buses are now going from the resorts to the water parks.

I also have vertigo and have to be careful. I can't go on stairs that you can see through because the riser thing is open. I have problems with staircases that descend into the center of the room instead of along a wall LOL. I even called the Disney Springs AMC Theater so I could find out about the seating in their Dolby cinema - glad I did because the back section on the room layout was actually a balcony and I couldn't do that. So I definitely have reservations about taking a Disney cruise next year (plus I'm prone to motion sickness) but I got a verandah and I'm hoping that having a balcony for fresh air and ability to look at the horizon will help if I have problems.
 

DisneyGigi

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Kiara is the name of the girl lion on the new Lion Guard cartoon. Simba and Nala's daughter.

For old Disney, if I ever get a girl cat, I want to name her Dinah, of course. Some might prefer Duchess from Aristocats.
I love Duchess, but had a dog named that. Somehow Lilo came up, and since ‘Ohana is our fave place to eat, I think we may lean that way. I am so excited.. lol
I've been making some tweaks to my trip too LOL. I dropped a lot of ADR's, moved 'Ohana from Sunday to Thursday and added Trail's End to one of the days. My diet has gotten more restrictive and with the menu changes at some of the restaurants, I couldn't justify paying $20+ for a salad. So it's looking like more quick service than I was expecting. I refuse to give up on 'Ohana, even though I know it's all going to bother me later, so that's why I moved it to the end of the trip. But moving it also opened up the Sunday to possibly doing Typhoon Lagoon, weather permitting. I'm absolutely loving that buses are now going from the resorts to the water parks.

I also have vertigo and have to be careful. I can't go on stairs that you can see through because the riser thing is open. I have problems with staircases that descend into the center of the room instead of along a wall LOL. I even called the Disney Springs AMC Theater so I could find out about the seating in their Dolby cinema - glad I did because the back section on the room layout was actually a balcony and I couldn't do that. So I definitely have reservations about taking a Disney cruise next year (plus I'm prone to motion sickness) but I got a verandah and I'm hoping that having a balcony for fresh air and ability to look at the horizon will help if I have problems.
Love Ohana! I am definitely weird with the vertigo, cannot wear glasses, they make me sick as a dog- tried for a month now. Stairs, I hear ya, therecwas a wax museum we went to and you could climb up stairs that were that see they metal mesh to have pic made with King Kong- I made it up a couple then sat down, B had to help me back down. It was horrid. Once I look down, I am so dizzy and sick, rollercoasters because they are fast do not bother me though. Go figure!? Lol
 

DisneyGigi

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Enjoying your pre-trip and can't wait to read the rest of your report.
And that pirate cake was simply amazing! I don't know if you did it on purpose but the 3 canon balls together looked like a hidden Mickey!
Thank you! I was very pleased to see the cannon balls made a Hidden Mickey when I placed them. I did not do it intentionally but glad you noticed them too! :)
Beautiful kittens! So excited for you!
Thank you! I am so excited, it will give me something to look forward to when the trip ends. :)
 

LeighM

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Love Ohana! I am definitely weird with the vertigo, cannot wear glasses, they make me sick as a dog- tried for a month now. Stairs, I hear ya, therecwas a wax museum we went to and you could climb up stairs that were that see they metal mesh to have pic made with King Kong- I made it up a couple then sat down, B had to help me back down. It was horrid. Once I look down, I am so dizzy and sick, rollercoasters because they are fast do not bother me though. Go figure!? Lol
Something similar happened to me at the car stunt show in HS. I started up the stairs, not knowing how high it was to the top, and got stuck on the first landing LOL. I was stuck there until everyone else finished going up. A cast member saw me there and asked what the problem was. I told him I was waiting for the crowds to leave so that I could slowly go down the stairs. I managed to get down with both his help and my husbands. He was nice enough to escort me to the handicapped section so that I could enter from the bottom of the stands. That whole thing was so embarrassing!!!!!!
 
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