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Planning aaround show times...

So when I made dining reservations 180 days in advance I also had to
come up with a tentative itinerary - without knowing when Fantasmic
would be showing waiting

I find out today that it shows on Sundays and Wednesday in May and guess when I have us at that park? THURSDAY! Grrrrrr

Wednesday, 5/5

* breakfast in the room

* Magic Kingdom

* back to the room for relaxing and something to eat

* Epcot for the evening. This way we are not at MK ALL day or Epcot ALL day. Dinner at San Angel Inn in Mexico.

* Stay for IlumiNations

Thursday, 5/6

* breakfast in the room

* Disneys Hollywood Studious for the day (maybe arrive around 10 or 11)

* Late lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater - we weren't too impressed last tine we were there but we'll give it a whirl again.

* would love to see Fantasmic - if it's showing this day

I
suppose I will call and see if I can switch things around. San Angel
Thursday and Sci-Fi Wednesday. Fantasmic only shows at 9pm that day
though - what are the chances I get tickets? can they be ordered early?
(without doing the dinner/show package)

Also - Festival of the
Lion King - is that a daily show? I have us at AK on a Tuesday and it's
not showing on the calendar that day - just Flights of Wonder

Is this something I need to actually seek out and then switch up days? Here is our entire itinerary:

Driving down from Pa to Fl will take 2 days, it will be me, CJ, 3 kids and grandma

Arrive Friday, 4/30 check in at Bay Lake Tower muchlove

* stand in room mesmerized for like hours, snap out of it (sort of) and unpack.

* head to Epcot

* dinner at Biergarten around 6:30

* Enjoy Epcot at a slow pace, stay for IllumiNations fireworks

Saturday, 5/1

* breakfast in room

* check out pool

* enjoy resort/relax

* head to the Beach Club (by our own vehicle) and go to Cape May Cafe for dinner at 6:10

* Not sure what to do after dinner? Maybe Beaches N Cream Soda Shop - ice cream YUM!

* Go back to Bay Lake Tower to watch Wishes from either the room or the 'Top of the World' lounge!

Sunday, 5/2

* breakfast in room

* Magic Kingdom day

* Lunch at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe

* Olivia wants to get a Princess makeover at Bippity Boppity Boutique so we'll do that after lunch - 2 pm BOOKED mickey

* Have a lazy day at MK or return to BLT to rest - depends on how everyone feels.

* Dinner at 1900 Park Fare at 6:25 - Olivia can see Cinderella and the Prince while she is in her gown! Watch Wishes from either the room or the 'Top of the World' lounge!

Monday, 5/3

* take grandma to the airport - flight leaves at 1:37pm

My
MIL Fawn and my best friend Cherie will be arriving this day. I am
guessing this day is good to use as a down day. One thing we really
want to do is visit other resorts so I thought this would be a good day to head over to the Boardwalk Resort and check it out.

Are
there lots of things to do at Boardwalk? Is it similar to an actual
boardwalk, with games and shops, etc? If so, I think we'd all love to
check it out.

Tuesday, 5/4

* Up early - quick breakfast in room

* Head to Animal Kingdom

* Take snacks along - no meals/snacks there

* Back to BLT around 3ish

* Relax, check out pool or nap

* Dinner at Ohana's at 6:30 (we LOVE the Polynesian Resort so we HAVE to go there at least once!)

* Watch Wishes from the Top of the World Lounge at BLT

Wednesday, 5/5

* breakfast in the room

* Magic Kingdom

* back to the room for relaxing and something to eat

* Epcot for the evening. This way we are not at MK ALL day or Epcot ALL day. Dinner at San Angel Inn in Mexico at 6:30

* Stay for IlumiNations

Thursday, 5/6

* breakfast in the room

* Disneys Hollywood Studious for the day (maybe arrive around 10 or 11)

* Early dinner at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at 4:05 - we weren't too impressed last tine we were there but we'll give it a whirl again.

* would love to see Fantasmic - if it's showing this day

* If no Fantasmic, either early night back to BLT or ???? (what else could we do?)

Friday, 5/7

Last
full day - free day. Would like to have a nice sit down dinner - not
sure where. Suggestions? Maybe Downtown Disney for some shopping?

* breakfast in room/pack
* DTD to shop
* Lunch at Earl of Sandwich
* Back to room (CJ's mom leaves this day so we need to be back to the room by 1pm)
* Dinner at Chef Mickey's at 5pm
* MK for the evening to see SpectroMagic Parade and then Wishes in the park

Do I need to do major switching around? GAH

waiting waiting

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Correct me if I'm wrong, or if I'm misunderstanding the question, but as far as I know the only way to get a "Ticket" to Fantasmic is through the Dinner package. Otherwise you pretty much have to stand in line. Or were you asking something else?

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Brad wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong, or if I'm misunderstanding the question, but as far as I know the only way to get a "Ticket" to Fantasmic is through the Dinner package. Otherwise you pretty much have to stand in line. Or were you asking something else?

Okay - you are right and you also answered my question biggrin I thought the only way to get a ticket was to have the dinner package.

I suppose we could eat at San Angel (6:30pm) and then hurry on over to DHS for the 9 pm show but....hmmm

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In early May I'd say to get in line an hour ahead and if there's no line then go ride something or get drink or something. Of course that's easier said than done when the group is bigger than 2. If you don't want to chance it though I'd get there pretty early.

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Brad wrote:
In early May I'd say to get in line an hour ahead and if there's no line then go ride something or get drink or something. Of course that's easier said than done when the group is bigger than 2. If you don't want to chance it though I'd get there pretty early.

Hmm - I doubt we'd be able to eat in Mexico at 6:30 and then get to DHS and in line by 8pm sad
That means I should probably switch my days - DHS on Wed and Epcot on Thurs and tat means switching dinner reservations eek

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UnbalancedLibra wrote:
Brad wrote:
In early May I'd say to get in line an hour ahead and if there's no line then go ride something or get drink or something. Of course that's easier said than done when the group is bigger than 2. If you don't want to chance it though I'd get there pretty early.

Hmm - I doubt we'd be able to eat in Mexico at 6:30 and then get to DHS and in line by 8pm sad
That means I should probably switch my days - DHS on Wed and Epcot on Thurs and tat means switching dinner reservations eek

It's possible to make it; usually people get in line 30 mins to an hour beforehand, so you could still be OK! You could always tell them at San Angel that you need to rush (though service can be slow there), or you can move your dinner up a half hour.

Also, re: Boardwalk! They've brought in more boardwalk games and also have lots of shops, a great bakery, a candy store, etc. The boardwalk games are a bit pricey, though, so maybe tell the kids one game each! silly

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bali wrote:
UnbalancedLibra wrote:
Brad wrote:
In early May I'd say to get in line an hour ahead and if there's no line then go ride something or get drink or something. Of course that's easier said than done when the group is bigger than 2. If you don't want to chance it though I'd get there pretty early.

Hmm - I doubt we'd be able to eat in Mexico at 6:30 and then get to DHS and in line by 8pm sad
That means I should probably switch my days - DHS on Wed and Epcot on Thurs and tat means switching dinner reservations eek

It's possible to make it; usually people get in line 30 mins to an hour beforehand, so you could still be OK! You could always tell them at San Angel that you need to rush (though service can be slow there), or you can move your dinner up a half hour.

Also, re: Boardwalk! They've brought in more boardwalk games and also have lots of shops, a great bakery, a candy store, etc. The boardwalk games are a bit pricey, though, so maybe tell the kids one game each! silly

ARGH! I wonder if the show is worth the hassle this time around? Lat year Wyatt was afraid of dark places - he cried through The Little Mermaid show at DHS and he freaked out before the Muppets 3D so I had to take him out. Dante followed suit on that one so CJ and I waited with the boys while his mom andf Livi watched the show.

Decisions decisions....

Thanks for the head's up about Boardwalk games!

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If you have a mind set of the "Boardwalk" being anything like the boardwalk in Atlantic City or any of the beach communities in New Jersey, get that out of your mind right now! I think the only reason they really called it the Boardwalk was because it literally as a walkway made of wood like the Jersey boradwalks.
This site has some nice some nice photo's.
http://luxurywiththemouse.com/Boardwalk_Inn.html
Also the "Boardwalk" resort is based on an ocean side community or Hotel. There are not all the rides and amusements and arcades and game places you would see at a Ocean City or Wildwood.

"One of the prettiest and most photogenic spots in Walt Disney World, the BoardWalk surrounds Disney's Crescent Lake and resembles a little village on the water. You'll love walking along it and taking in the sherbet-colored building facades, striped awnings, pristine waters, and strung lights of the BoardWalk, which is modeled after the Boardwalks of New England coastal cities like Coney Island and Atlantic City." (Quote from : http://www.dwtickets.com/v/blog/2009/02/down-by-boardwalk-at-disney.html )

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mrhub wrote:
If you have a mind set of the "Boardwalk" being anything like the boardwalk in Atlantic City or any of the beach communities in New Jersey, get that out of your mind right now! I think the only reason they really called it the Boardwalk was because it literally as a walkway made of wood like the Jersey boradwalks.
This site has some nice some nice photo's.
http://luxurywiththemouse.com/Boardwalk_Inn.html
Also the "Boardwalk" resort is based on an ocean side community or Hotel. There are not all the rides and amusements and arcades and game places you would see at a Ocean City or Wildwood.

"One of the prettiest and most photogenic spots in Walt Disney World, the BoardWalk surrounds Disney's Crescent Lake and resembles a little village on the water. You'll love walking along it and taking in the sherbet-colored building facades, striped awnings, pristine waters, and strung lights of the BoardWalk, which is modeled after the Boardwalks of New England coastal cities like Coney Island and Atlantic City." (Quote from : http://www.dwtickets.com/v/blog/2009/02/down-by-boardwalk-at-disney.html )

Thank you!! I knew there were no rides and such but I wasn't sure about games/entertainment Smile

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Okay - I decided to switch days - I held my breath on this one BUT I got it!

So now we will go to DHS on Wed. May 5th and eat at Sci Fi at 7:05pm
and then right over to Fantasmic! I hope that gives us enough time? It
was the only time they had for a party of 7. If something doesn't work
out, well, DHS has EMH that night so we can just ride more rides! Then
we'll have dinner at San Angel on Thurs. May 6th at 6:30

I am so relieved that I was able to get the days switched!

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Congrats! Great news! What's the latest on CJ having the vacation time?

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admin wrote:
Congrats! Great news! What's the latest on CJ having the vacation time?

He doesn't see the back specialist until JANUARY 26TH!!! So for now he just deals with the pain. He already has the vacation time approved for the trip so I hope the doctor doesn't tell him he needs to be out of work for his back to heal.

I mean, seriously, he is waiting a MONTH to see this doctor in the first place...

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That's crazy! Well, our thoughts are with you. And I'm loving going through your planning with you.

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admin wrote:
That's crazy! Well, our thoughts are with you. And I'm loving going through your planning with you.

Thank you!!!

You mean, I'm not a pain in the butt with all these questions? eek

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