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So we sat down last night and went over menus, money, and wants where it pertains to Disney and the San Diego trip. We decided that if we could get reservations everywhere we wanted to go, we'd get the dining plan. I called this morning and got reservations everywhere except Le Cellier - but I can keep trying back. So I guess dining plan it is! For food, lodging, and tickets, it'll cost $95 per person per day for the three of us - Ben is free. We'll bring extra for souveniers and random purchases (like turkey legs for Mr. Bren and Monkey).

In San Diego, Bren's aunt works for Hyatt and we can stay at her hotel super cheap (we're staying with family 2 nights), we'll probably share a car with his cousin, and the family will be feeding us almost the whole time. I am hoping to do some touristy stuff on the Sunday and Monday after the wedding, but all in all, our expenses out there are pretty low.

So now comes more planning. We have to look at a few things at pet supermarket to make sure our cats have enough food and water and a reasonably clean litterbox, we have to set up hotel reservations out there and a rental car, I have to buy a dress.... I started back at the gym yesterday. Blech. But I need to get my stamina up for walking all day at Disney and I'd like to drop some inches so I can fit into my summery clothes. 8 weeks, woo hoo! I need to find a weight training program, though. Any good websites with detailed instructions so I don't kill myself?

Help!

Apr. 15th, 2009 11:13 am
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I posted this in [livejournal.com profile] disneyworld , but I have so many wonderful helpful friends, I figured I'd post here, too!

Hello all you wonderful people! I looked at the memories, but the post about the dining plan was from 2006 and things have changed quite a bit since then. So I was hoping you would please give me some advice about whether or not to buy one of the dining plans.

We are lucky enough to be able to go to Disney on their buy 4 get 3 free promotion this June - we'll be there from the 10th to the 17th. Travelling will be 2 adults, a 10 year old, and a toddler. We've looked around allears.net and are still undecided about the dining plan. My husband is an unabashed carnivore and all around picky eater, so where we go is kind of limited to what he likes - though if there's something steakish or chickenish on the menu, he'll go. (No Mexican, no seafood, no pasta for him.)

 We've looked at several menus in the parks and know many places we want to eat, most of which are counter service. But there are a few table service places we'd like to go - The Sci Fi Dine In Theater, Teppan Edo, Le Cellier (we'll never get in without an ADR, right), and the Plaza Restaurant. So I've been weighing the Quick Service and the Dining plan against each other. We could probably find 7 table service places to eat, but I know there are more quick service places that appeal to the whole family.

And then there's the snacks. One plan has 2 snacks, the other has 1. And the most description of the snack availability is soda, chips, popcorn, and ice cream. I know the turkey legs and hot dogs don't count, but what about the pretzels? Is there a site that has a more in depth listing of what counts? And is it worth it, money wise?

Another option since we're Florida residents is that discount card- I think it's called Tables in Wonderland. But would shelling out the $100 for a 20% discount save us any real money?

So please help - do you think it'd be a good idea moneywise for us to get one of the dining plans (quick service $30 per person per night 2 counter service meals and 2 snacks per night; regular plan $40 per person per night 1 table service, 1 counter service 1 snack per night) ? If so, which one? Thanks so much!
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I am so far behind on my flist from this weekend I don't think I'll ever catch up. I went back 160 entries and I didn't hit Saturday morning. So, I'm sorry, you guys. :(

Last night, Benny was crooning some song when I recognized a few words. He was singing "Twinkle, twinkle little star." All i could make out was "up above." So I sang it for him, trying to get him to sing along, but he clapped and laughed at the end of it and then started singing by himself again. And any time I tried to sing with him, he would clam up. His language skills have exploded over the last 3 weeks. Either that, or I'm just actually hearing what he's saying. Yesterday after dinner, he stood up and said, "all done!" And he's picked up "dog," "no," and "Katie (well, Aytie, but he's trying)."

I think I'm the most excited person in the house about the Disney trip. Bren worked for Disney a few years ago, so he went a bajillion times, Katie's been, and Ben's too young. We got to go for 2 days for our honeymoon, but we could only go briefly each day because Bren's mom had Benny and we had to get back early. Before that, I went to Epcot at 17 (for a field trip), MGM at 14 and Disney at 5. And as you all know, I'm 33, so this is my first REAL trip where I can go until I get sick of it. :D I was looking online for the extra magic hours, but in the summer, Disney's open till 10 (except Animal Kingdom) just about every night, so it wouldn't really benefit us, especially with Benny. And I'm hoping since we're going in early June, we won't be competing with a ton of families (except Florida residents) since they don't get out of school for another week or so. We just have to figure out where we're going to eat. :D

It's my turn to cook tonight. What should I make for dinner?

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